Gopaldas Neeraj

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Poet Gopaldas Neeraj

Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj) (born 1925)[1] is a poet and author of Hindi literature. He is also a famous poet of hindi Kavi sammelan. He was born in the village of Puravali near Mahewa of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1924.[citation needed] 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 Shri in 1991[2] and Padma Bhushan in 2007.[3]

Besides writing, he earned his living teaching in a college and was a Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh.[citation needed][4] 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 Hindi and Urdu.

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.[citation needed]

As of 2012, Neeraj was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.[5]


  1. ^ "Yesterday Once More". Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  2. ^ "Padma Awards" (PDF). Ministry of Home Affairs, Government of India. 2015. Archived from the original (PDF) on November 15, 2014. Retrieved July 21, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Padma Awards 2007". Retrieved 2013-03-01. 
  4. ^ "Neeraj, once more". The Hindu. Retrieved 2017-09-05. 
  5. ^ Srivastava, Piyush (2012-09-04). "Hindi poets from SP citadels kick up a row". Daily Mail. London. Retrieved 2013-03-01. 

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