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Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj', (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj), born in 1925 in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh, India, is among the best-known poets and authors in Hindi literature. He is also a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He was born in the small village Ekdil of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1924. He wrote under the pen name "Neeraj". His style is considered easy to understand, but has also been compared with high quality Hindi literature. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2007. Recently he recited some of his works at North India's premier annual cultural festival, Spoculit 2012.
Besides writing, he earned his living teaching in a college and was a Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh. Several of his poems and songs have been used in Hindi movies and are considered famous. He wrote songs for several Hindi Movies and attained a unique position as a songwriter who wrote with equal facility in both pure Hindi as well as Urdu as opposed to Hindi-Urdu mix, which is increasingly becoming more common. But as per the needs and requirements of the Hindi Film Industry, the majority of his songs are nonetheless, in mixed but chaste Hindi-Urdu languages.
In the television interview, Gopaldas Neeraj called himself an unlucky poet which led to his stopping himself from writing film songs and confining himself to just writing and getting his poems published. The reason for this mentioned by him was that at least two or three prominent Music Directors of the Hindi Film Industry for whom he wrote very successful and popular songs, had expired. He mentioned the death of Jaikishan of the Music Duo Shankar-Jaikishan as well as of S.D.Burman or Sachin Dev Burman, for both of whom he had written highly popular film songs. The deaths of these Music Directors when they as well as Gopaldas Neeraj were at the peak of their popularity, left him very depressed and he made a decision to quit the film industry.
As of 2012, Neeraj was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Poems used in movies
|E Bhai Jara dekh ke Chalo, Sung by Manna Dey, Film, Raj Kapoors, "MERA NAAM JOKER"|
|Dhiire se jaanaa khaTiyan me.n o khaTamal||Chhupa Rustom||Kishore Kumar|
|Dil aaj shaayar hai||Gambler||Kishore Kumar|
|Jiivan kii bagiyaa mahakegii||Tere Mere Sapne||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar|
|Maine kasam lii||Tere Mere Sapne||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar|
|Meghaa chhaae aadhii raat, bairan ban gai ni.ndiyaa||Sharmili||Lata Mangeshkar|
|Mera man tera pyaasa.....||Gambler||Mohammed Rafi|
|O merii o merii o meri sharmiilii aao naa tarasao naa...||Sharmili||Kishore Kumar|
|Phoolon ke rang se, dil kee kalam se...||Prem Pujari||Kishore Kumar|
|Rangeela re, Rangeela re, mere man me yoon ranga hai tera mann...||Prem Pujari||Lata Mangeshkar|
|Sho(w)khiyon mein ghola jaye phoolon ka shabaab,
Usme phir milayee jaaye, thodee see sharaab, Hoga yoon nashaa joh taiyyar, who pyaar hai...
|Prem Pujari||Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar|
|Raadhaa ne maalaa japi shyaam kii||Tere Mere Sapne||Lata Mangeshkar|
|Karawan Guzar gaya, ghubar daykhtay rahay||Nai Umr Ki Nai Fasal||Mohammed Rafi|
|Subaha na aayee, shaam na aayee...||Cha Cha Cha||Mohammed Rafi|
|Woh hum na the, who tum na the...||Cha Cha Cha||Mohammed Rafi|
|Swapn Jhare Phool Se...||Nayi Umar Ki Nayi fasal||Mohammed Rafi|
|Aaj madhosh hua jae re
mera man, mera man, mera man sharaarat karne ko lalchaye re mera man, mera man, mera man.......
|Sharmili||Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar|
|Khilte hain gul yahaan, khile ke bikharne ko
milte hain dil yahaan, milke bichharhne ko.....
|Ek Musafir Hoon Main, Ek Musafir Hai Tu.....||Gunaah (1993)||Manhar Udhas, Sadhna Sargam