Today I want to make you meet one of the most amazing persons of last century. Actually when I read him for the first time, I realised that I have already met him in my childhood, though his songs, which I have loved very much, and later when I was learning to use internet I tried to know about his writings more and I have found that we use sooo many of his quotations in our daily life (especially in India), without realising that it was him behind penning them all down for us to express our vies or emotions or voices in a simple way.
Because he wrote in the people’s Urdu and Hindi, which is even more simple these days, we can connect with him more. Even more than Ghalib, though both have their importance and both are people’s poet, and both predicted the future well.
PADM SREE (fourth highest national award of India) Abdul Hayee, wrote with the pen name of Sahir Ludhiyanvi, was born in Ludhiyana (Punjab) on March 8th, 1921 and entertained this world (especially with the Indian Cinema) till Oct 25th, 1980. Though, his songs and writings are still loved by people and he is still still alive and kicking and entertaining us with the valuable treasure he left behind.
Awarded with Padm Sree in 1971, and with film-fare awards in 1963 (for Taj Mahal) and 1976 (for Kabhi Kabhi). On his 92nd Birth Anniversary on Mar 8th, 2013 a commemorative postal stamp (Rs 5/-) was issued by the Government of India, in his Honor. His parents were separated and he was in the custody of his mother. His father married again and did not financially support to his mother. Therefore he is said to love his mother and hate his father. He had literally ruled the Indian cinema from 1950s to 1970s. There is a book called “SAHIR: A LITRARY PATRIOT” Authored by Surinder Deo (NRI) associated with the World Bank. He has also translated the ‘Divan-e Ghalib’ in free verse, as THE TREASURE: A MODERN RENDITION OF GHALIB’S LYRICAL LOVE POETRY in 2014.
He was educated in the Khalsa High School, Ludhiyana and Govt. College, Ludhiyana. Then in 1943 he settled in Lahore, but after partition he was charged for communal statements in Pakistan and he came to India and settled in Andheri, a suburb of Mumbai. Where another great poet or writer, Gulzar was his neighbour, both ruled the Indian Film Industry. In 1970 he built a bungalow named Parchayiyan (Shadows) and lived there till his last breath. He never married and died in presence of his friend Javed Akhtar, another great poet of India, from the clan of poets.
He first wrote for the movie Azadi ki raah per (On the way to freedom) in 1949, but unnotices, then he wrote for Naujawan (Youth) in 1951 and got immense recognition and fame after Bazi (gaming) in 1951. Then songs written for Munimji (the accountant) 1955, Pyasa (thursty) in 1957, NAya Daur (new times) 1957, Dhool ka Phool (flower of sand) 1959, Hum Dono 1961, Taj MAhal 1963, Waqt (time) 1965, KAbhi kabhi (sometimes) 1976, Kala Patthar (Black Stone) 1979, made him king of people’s heart. Even though in his biography “Sahir Ludhianvi – The People’s Poet”, journalist Mr Akshay Manwani says that Sahir’s image as a poet made it hard for being accepted as a lyricist.
To be continued…