Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passes away at 93

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Thursday, July 19, 2018

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On Thursday, Hindi poet and songwriter Gopal Das Neeraj passed away at the AIIMS trauma centre in Delhi. The poet was 93-years-old.

According to reports, Gopal Das had a head injury at his home in Aligarh and was then taken to Agra for treatment. Chief of AIIMS trauma centre of New Delhi, Dr Rajesh Malhotra said, “He was shifted to the trauma centre here on Wednesday night in a critical condition. He had suffered from kidney failure, had infection all over his body and head injury”.

Born on January 4, 1925, in Uttar Pradesh’s Etawah district, Gopal Das was a resident of Aligarh and taught Hindi literature at the Dharma Samaj College. Gopal Das had received some of the highest Indian civilian honourary awards, receiving Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007. He also received Yash Bharati Award from the state government for his work in Hindi literature.

Gopal Das also wrote songs for Bollywood movies and won the Filmfare Best Lyrics award on three occasions for his songs Kaal Ka Pahiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍काल का पहिया, Bas Yehi Apradh Main Har Baar ((hi))Hindi language: ‍बस यही अपराध मैं हर बार and Ae Bhai Jara Dekh Ke Chalo ((hi))Hindi language: ‍ए भाई! ज़रा देख के चलो. He also wrote the songs Likhe Jo Khat Tujhe ((hi))Hindi language: ‍लिखे जो खत तुझे, Dil Ne Phir Yaad Kiya ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल ने फिर याद किया and Dil Aaj Shayar Hai ((hi))Hindi language: ‍दिल आज शायर है.

Gopal Das’ body is to be taken to Agra on Friday. Per the reports, Gopal Das had declared himself as an organ donor.


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