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Mathura road to be named after lyricist Shailendra

Noted Bollywood lyricist Shailendra will have a road named after him in Mathura where he spent his early years from 1930 to 1946.

By: PTI | Mathura | Updated: August 30, 2015 4:53:48 pm
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Noted Bollywood lyricist Shailendra will have a road named after him in Mathura where he spent his early years from 1930 to 1946.

Shailendra, who died on 14 December 1966, aged 43, was known for his association with filmmaker Raj Kapoor and music composers Shankar-Jaikishan.

The news was announced by chairperson of local municipality, Manisha Gupta, at a function in Shailendra’s memory, titled “Jeena isi ka naam hai”, at the Birla Institute of Management and Technology in Greater Noida.

Shailendra’s son, Dinesh, said he was extremely happy with the honour for his late father.

“I never thought people of Mathura would be so happy to know that he spent 16 years of life growing up here.” The function was organised to mark the lyricist’s 92nd birth anniversary today.

Shailendra wrote lyrics for several successful Hindi film songs in the 1950s and the 1960s. He is best known for songs like “Awara Hoon”, “Ramaiya Vastavaiya”, “Mud Mud Ke Na Dekh”, “Mera Joota Hai Japani”, “Aaj Phir Jeene Ki”, “Gata Rahe Mera Dil”, “Ajeeb Dastan Hai Yeh” among others.

Shailendra shared a rapport with composers such as Salil Chowdhary (“Madhumati”), Sachin Dev Burman (“Guide”, “Bandini”, “Kala Bazar”), and Ravi Shankar (“Anuradha”).

He also gave hits working with filmmakers like Bimal Roy (“Do Bigha Zameen”, “Madhumati”, “Bandini”) and Vijay Anand (“Guide” and “Kala Bazar”). Shailendra produced “Teesri Kasam” starring Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman.

My father never got any deserving honour: Shailendra’s son

Shailendra’s son, Dinesh Shankar, says his father never got any recognition from the government.

Shailendra, who died on 14 December 1966, aged 43, was known for his association with filmmaker Raj Kapoor and music composers Shankar-Jaikishan.

“My father had a 17-year-long career where he wrote more than 800 songs for 117 films and gave many hits. Yet, he was not given any recognition while he was alive. Even five decades after his death, no government has given him any honour or recognition,” Dinesh told PTI.

Shailendra, who spent his early years from 1930 to 1946 in Mathura, will now have a road named after him in the city.

He added his father deserves at least a Padma Bhushan.

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