New Delhi: Noted poet and lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj breathed his last on Thursday. The legendary poet was admitted at AIIMS, New Delhi. He was suffering from lung infection and was initially being treated for the same at an Agra hospital.
The 93-year-old poet was shifted to AIIMS on July 17, 2018, after his health deteriorated, reveal initial reports. Renowned for his writings, he was honoured with the Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007 respectively.
He had been suffering from many old age-related ailments for the past few years and was shifted from Agra to the pulmonary department of AIIMS on Wednesday after he developed respiratory complications, a family member informed IANS. Shashank Prabhakar, son of Neeraj, told reporters in the national capital that the body of the late poet would be first taken to Agra for people to pay their last respects and after that, it would be taken to Aligarh where the last rites would be performed.
Gopaldas Saxena, he wrote under the pen name 'Neeraj' and became a popular figure in Hindi literature. He also was a professor and taught Hindi literature at Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh. Born in Etawah district of Uttar Pradesh on January 4, 1924, he endeared generations with his soulful poems and lyrics. Many of his books and compositions won acclaim from his followers world over.
Many of his works were used in Bollywood movies. Some of his writings were turned as songs in Hindi films which got him even more accolades. He became a famous songwriter who had the fluency to write in Hindi and Urdu languages.
He wrote lyrics for songs such as 'Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe' from the film 'Kanyadaan'. It was sung by melodious Mohammed Rafi. Other of his popular works include Shokhiyo Mein Ghola Jai from 'Prem Pujari', Bas Yahi Apradh Main Har Baar Karta Hoon from 'Pehchan', Ae Bhai Zara Dekh Ke Chalo from Mera Naam Joker to name a few.
May his soul rest in peace!
(With IANS inputs)