Sudarshan Kamra (1934–2008) better known by his takhalus (nom de plume) Sudarshan Faakir (सुदर्शन 'फाकिर') was an Indian poet and lyricist. His ghazals and nazms were sung by Begum Akhtar and Jagjit Singh.
Sudarshan Kamra was born in Ferozpur in East Punjab in 1934. After completing high school, he moved to Jalandhar and completed B.A. from DAV College. During college, he was very active in dramatics and poetry. As per Ghalib Chhuti Sharaab and an interview given by Sudarshan to Tribune, a failed love affair in Ferozpur made him leave his birthplace forever and caused him to shift his base to Jalandhar where he initially lived as a bachelor in a dingy room. This room was also the meeting place for some of his poet friends. It is said that during this period, he dressed like a Majnu, wandered like a faqir (perhaps the inspiration for his pen name) and got addicted to alcohol. His ghazals and nazms written during this period reflected mostly his anguish in the aftermath of his failed love affair.
He studied MA in political science and English from DAV College, Jalandhar. Active in dramatics and poetry right from his college days, he directed Mohan Rakesh’s play "Ashadh ka ek din" in his youth.
He lent his voice to AIR, Jalandhar before he left for Bombay where he later wrote for music directorJaidev. His song ‘Zindagi, zindagi, mere ghar aana zindagi' from Bhim Sen’s ‘Dooriyan’ as well as dialogues for the film ‘Yalgaar’ are popular till date. It is also claimed that the song, "Hum sab Bhartiya hain", which is sung at the NCC camps across the country, was penned by him.
Faakir belonged to the small and diminishing tribe of non-Muslim Urdu poets from East Punjab. Sudarshan Faakir is the first lyricist to have won a Filmfare Award for his very first song. Apart from the hits like Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti, he was famous for a religious number - Hey Ram... Hey Ram. He is the Writer of National NCC Song of India- Hum Sab Bhartiya Hain. Apart from Non-Film Music, Sudarshan Faakir has Penned Songs from various films also.
Sudarshan ‘Faakir’ was the favourite poet of ‘Mallika-e-ghazal’ Begum Akhtar in her last phase, She sang five of his ghazals. He was also the co-traveller of Jagjit Singh, an association that began with ‘Woh kagaz ki kishti, woh barish ka pani’ in 1982.
A perfectionist to the core, he laboured hard over his poetry. Faakir is perhaps one of the last of the tribe of vanishing poets who lived for poetry and it is noteworthy that he put together his poetry in an anthology and published his first ‘diwan’ only after he became a much-celebrated poet.
Sudarshan was married to Sudesh. The couple have a son Manav.
- Agar ham kahe aur vo muskuraa
- Gam bade aate hain kaatil kii nigaahon kii tarah
- Mere dukh kii koiii davaa na karo
- Shaayad main zindagii kii sahar leke aa gayaa
- Ye daulat bhi le lo, ye shoharat bhii le lo (used in the 1987 Hindi film Aaj)
- Zindagii zindagii mere ghar aanaa, aanaa zindagi (used in the 1979 Hindi film Dooriyan) 
- Ho jaata hai kaise pyaar, na jaane koi (used in the 1992 Hindi film Yalgaar) 
- Bezubaani Zubaan Na Ho Jaaye (non-film) 
- Phir Aaj Mujhe Tumko Bas Itna Batana Hai (used in the 1987 Hindi film Aaj) 
- Zindagi Men Jab Tumhaare Gam Nahin The (used in the 1979 Hindi film Dooriyan) 
- Shaayad Main Zindagi Ki Sahar Leke Aa Gayaa 
- Apanon Ke Sitam Ham Se Bataae Nahin Jaate 
- Aaj Ke Daur Me Ae Dost Ye Manjhar Kyu Hai 
- "Sudarshan Kamra / Faakir". http://rekhta.org. Rekhta. Retrieved 9 June 2014. External link in
- Kalia, Ravindra. "Ghalib Chhuti Sharaab". Vani Prakashan. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- Kamath, Sadanand. "Wo kaaghaz ki kashti wo baarish ka paani".
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- Kamath, Sadanand. "Khota paisa nahin chalega". http://atulsongaday.me. Retrieved 9 June 2014. External link in
- "An Interview with Sudarshan Faakir". The Tribune (Chandigarh). 9 August 2005. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- Music, Books on Music, and Sound Recordings, Volume 2. Washington: Library of Congress. 30 Jan 2008. pp. 157, 158. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- Banerji, Aparna (19 February 2008). "Lyricist Sudarshan Fakir dead". The Tribune. Tribune News Service. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- "Jewels of Jalandhar - Sudarshan Fakir". http://www.jalandhari.com. Jalandhari. Retrieved 9 June 2014. External link in
- "Songs of Sudarshan Faakir". http://pages.cs.wisc.edu/~navin. Navin - Universtiy of Wisconsin. Retrieved 9 June 2014. External link in
- "Songs of Sudarshan Kaafir". http://hindigeetmala.net/. Hindi Geetmala. Retrieved 9 June 2014. External link in