Bashar Nawaz

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Bashar Nawaz (18 August 1935 – 9 July 2015) was an Indian Urdu poet and lyricist, who penned the song Karoge Yaad in the Bollywood film Bazaar. He picked up the "Pulotsav Samman" and Ghalib Award for his contribution to Urdu literature.[1]


He had written lyrics for a few Hindi films such as 'Bazaar', 'Lori' and 'Jane Wafa'. Ghulam Ali, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohd Aziz, Asha Bhosale, Talat Aziz, Bhupinder and Mehdi Hasan among others have given voice to his Ghazals.

He also wrote 13 episodes of the TV serial Amir Khusro, which was telecast on Doordarshan in 1983. Bashar also penned 26 episodes of the musical opera "Sare Jahan se Accha Hindustan Hamara", which was broadcast by All India Radio. He scripted a serial on Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar, which was televised on Doordarshan in 2000.

Nawaz's poems have been translated into Marathi, Hindi, Punjabi and Kannada and published in journals and anthologies. As many as ten of his poems have been translated into English by Zaheer Ali. Anwar Saeed from Pakistan has made special mention of Bashar Nawaz in his book 'Short History of Urdu Literature'. His ghazals and poems have been included in almost all the anthologies of best Urdu poetry from 1960 onward, said noted Urdu poet Khan Shamim.[2][3] On 9 July 2015, Bashar Nawaz died at the age of 79 in Aurangabad.[4][5]


  1. ^ "Noted poet Bashar Nawaz passes away". The Times of India. 10 July 2015.
  2. ^ "Lyricist-poet Bashar Nawaz's demise leaves world of literature in mourning". DNA India. 10 July 2015.
  3. ^ "ख्वाब, जिंदगी और मै !". Maharashtra Times (in Marathi). 10 July 2015.
  4. ^ "Renowned Urdu poet Bashar Nawaz passes away". Hindustan Times. 9 July 2015.
  5. ^ PTI (9 July 2015). "Urdu poet, lyricist Bashar Nawaz dies in Aurangabad". Business Standard India. Retrieved 4 February 2021.