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Noted lyricist Nida Fazli‬ passes away

Noted poet and lyricist ‎Nida Fazli‬, 78, passed away in Mumbai following a heart attack.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: February 8, 2016 6:45 pm
Nida Fazli‬, Nida Fazli dead Noted poet and lyricist ‎Nida Fazli‬, 78, passed away in Gwalior following a heart attack.

Noted poet and lyricist ‎Nida Fazli‬, 78, passed away in Mumbai following a heart attack.

Nida Fazli was born in Delhi to a Kashmiri family and he had attended school in Gwalior. His father was also an Urdu poet. During the partition, his parents migrated to Pakistan, but Fazli decided to stay in India.

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He was known among fans and singers for his elegant presentation of ghazals, dohaas and nazms.

Also read: Best Ghazals by Nida Fazli

Nida Fazli wrote the title song of TV serials like ‘Sailaab’, ‘Neem ka Ped’, ‘Jaane Kya Baat Hui’ and ‘Jyoti’. The composition “Koi Akelaa Kahaan” is another popular composition sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy.

He also worked with late ghazal singer Jagjit Singh in 1994 and together they brought out an album ‘Insight’, which got appreciation for its soulful poetry and music.

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He has also written famous ghazals ‘kabhie kisi ko mukamil jahan na milta’ (ahista ahista),  ‘Aa bhi jaa, aa bhi jaa’ (Sur), ‘Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein’ (Aap To Aise Na The), ‘Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya’ (Sarfarosh).

Fazli’s daughter confirmed the poet’s demise, a member of the organising team of upcoming Urdu festival Jashn-e-Rekhta told IANS. Fazli was a key guest at the festival.

Sanjiv Saraf, founder of Rekhta Foundation, said that Fazli’s death has “left a space that can never be filled”.

“Nida Fazli gave expression to the angst of the common people in simple but aesthetically powerful and nuanced language. His dohas enjoyed great popularity,” Saraf said.

Filmmaker John Mathew Matthan, who directed “Sarfarosh” — the movie which featured “Hoshwalon ko khabar kya” penned by Fazli, told IANS: “It’s a great loss for this film industry. He was such a renowned poet. Coincidentally, today is also Jagjit Singh’s birth anniversary and I have worked with both of them in my film ‘Sarfarosh’.”

On Twitter, a string of film celebrities condoled Fazli’s death and recounted some of his works. Here’s what they said:

Lata Mangeshkar: Aaj mashhoor Shayar Nida Fazli sahab ka inteqal hua is baat mujhe bahut dukh hai. Allah unhe jannat ataa farmaaye ye meri dili dua.

Vishal Dadlani: Heartbroken to hear of the demise of Nida Fazli-saab. Not just a brilliant lyricist, he was a true poet, with a brave social voice. RIP.

Madhur Bhandarkar: Kabhi kisi ko mukammal jaha nahi milta… Saddened by the demise of legendry Urdu poet and lyricist Nida Fazli. May his Soul RIP.

Goldie Behl: Sadden to hear that one my favourite poets and the very first lyricist I ever worked with Nida Fazli is no more. RIP.

Niladri Kumar: Nida Fazli Saab passing on the birthday of Jagjit Singh probably means that god asked for a special mehfil up there. RIP.

Hansal Mehta: Ghar se masjid hai bahut door, chalon yun karle…kisi rote hue bachche ko hansaaya jaaye… Nida Fazli

(With IANS inputs)