Raja Mehdi Ali Khan

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Raja Mehdi Ali Khan
Native name راجہ مہدی علی خان
Born 1928
Died 29 July 1966(1966-07-29) (aged 37–38)
Nationality Indian people
Occupation Poet, writer

Raja Mehdi Ali Khan(Urdu: راجہ مہدی علی خان ‎) was an Indian poet, writer and lyricist.


Raja Mehdi Ali Khan was born in Karam Abad, Tehsil Wazir Abad, District Gujranwala. He son of the sister of great journalist, orator and poet Moulana Zafar Ali Khan. His father died in his youth and his mother Hebay Saheba helped to educate him in his early years.

Allama Muhammad Iqbal acknowledged Hebay Saheba as a leading Urdu poet. S. Mukherji, the partner in Filmistan Studio, gave Raja Mehdi a chance to write lyrics for his film, Do Bhai. Songs from the film such as "Mera Sunder Sapna" and "Yaad Karoge" became hits.

In 1947, Mehdi and his wife Tahira decided to stay in India instead of migrating to Pakistan. They came to this decision despite the wave of riots plaguing the country. In 1948, his patriotism manifested in his songs, "Watan Ki Raah Mein" and "Todi Todi Bachche", which were used in the film Shaheed.[1]

He worked with music composers including Sachin Dev Burman,[2] Iqbal Qureshi, Babul, S. Mohinder, Chic Chocolate, and Rono Mukerjhi. He wrote songs with C. Ramchandra ("Mere piya gaye Rangoon" is wrongly attributed to him; it was written by Rajinder Krishan),[citation needed] Datta Naik ("Sare Jahan Se Acha Hindustan Hamara") and O. P. Nayyar ("Main Pyar Ka Rahi Hoon").

He partnered with Madan Mohan, including on Madhosh (1950), Madan Mohan's third film. The two worked on films such as Anpadh, Mera Saaya, Who Kaun Thi, Neela Akash, Dulhan Ek Raat Ki, and Nawab Siraj-ud-Daulah.[1] Mehdi was the first lyricist to introduce Aap in film songs, such as "Aap Ki Nazron" (Anpadh), "Aap kyon roye" (Woh Kaun Thi?), "Aap ne apna banaya" (Dulhan Ek Raat Ki). His song "Lag ja gale" from the film (Woh Kaun Thi?) has been named among the top ten all-time favorites in film history to be "retired" from Antakshari on Zee TV.


He died on 29 July 1966.


Khan wrote lyrics for various critically acclaimed Bollywood movies, including:


External links[edit]

  1. ^ "Raja Mehdi Ali Khan — Blogs, Pictures, and more on WordPress". en.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2016-05-09.