Poet Neeraj

Gopaldas Saxena ‘Neeraj’ (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj) is among the best-known poets and authors in Hindi literature. He is also a famous poet of Hindi Kavi Sammelan. He was born in the small village Ekdil of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1924. He wrote under the pen name “Neeraj”. His style is considered easy to understand, but has also been compared with high quality Hindi literature. He was awarded Padma Bhushan in 2007.[citation needed] Recently he recited some of his works at North India’s premier annual cultural festival, Spoculit 2012.

Neeraj’s poems which appeared in Hindi Movies as songs only added to their popularity. all these songs are in mixed but chaste UrduHindi languages.

Song Movie Singer
Likhe jo khat tujhe Kanyadaan Mohammed Rafi
E bhai jara dekh ke chalo Mera Naam Joker Manna Day
Dhiire se jaanaa khaTiyan me.n o khaTamal Chhupa Rustom Kishore Kumar
Dil aaj shaayar hai Gambler Kishore Kumar
Jiivan kii bagiyaa mahakegii Tere Mere Sapne Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Maine kasam lii Tere Mere Sapne Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Meghaa chhaae aadhii raat, bairan ban gai ni.ndiyaa Sharmili Lata Mangeshkar
Mera man tera pyaasa….. Gambler Mohammed Rafi
O merii o merii o meri sharmiilii aao naa tarasao naa… Sharmili Kishore Kumar
Phoolon ke rang se, dil kee kalam se… Prem Pujari Kishore Kumar
Rangeela re, Rangeela re, mere man me yoon ranga hai tera mann… Prem Pujari Lata Mangeshkar
Sho(w)khiyon mein ghola jaye phoolon ka shabaab,Usme phir milayee jaaye, thodee see sharaab, Hoga yoon nashaa joh taiyyar, woh pyaar hai… Prem Pujari Lata Mangeshkar, Kishore Kumar
Raadhaa ne maalaa japi shyaam kii Tere Mere Sapne Lata Mangeshkar
Karawan Guzar gaya, ghubar daykhtay rahay Nai Umr Ki Nai Fasal Mohammed Rafi
Subaha na aayee, shaam na aayee… Cha Cha Cha Mohammed Rafi
Woh hum na the, woh tum na the… Cha Cha Cha Mohammed Rafi
Aaj madhosh hua jae remera man, mera man, mera man sharaarat karne ko lalchaye re mera man, mera man, mera man……. Sharmili Kishore Kumar, Lata Mangeshkar
Khilte hain gul yahaan, khile ke bikharne komilte hain dil yahaan, milke bichharhne ko….. Sharmili Kishore Kumar
Ek Musafir Hoon Main, Ek Musafir Hai Tu….. Gunaah (1993) Manhar Udhas, Sadhna Sargam

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Bhanubhakta: The Original Poet of Nepal

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Toady is 195th Bhanu Jayanti which we Nepalese celebrate in the remembrance of the Nepal’s Pioneer Poet Bhanubhakra Acharya. He is more popularly known as Adikavi (original poet). Another poet Yuvakavi Motiram Bhatta while writing biography of Bhanubhakta, had first been used “Adikavi” to Bhanubhakta. It’s not because Bhanubhakta was the first poet but he was the first poet who wrote with an understanding of the inner essence of poetry.

Bhanubhakta was born in a very wealthy Brahmin family of Chundiramgha, Tanahu on B.S. Asar 29, 1871. His grandfather Shrikrishna Acharya who was very well known of his time.He received an excellent education with a strong leaning towards religion at home from his grandfather.

When Bhanubhakta was 22 years, he was influenced by a incident so much that made him to turn out a poet. One day he encountered a grass-cutter and in their conversation he found that the grass-cutter wanted to give something to society so that he could be remembered after death too. After listening to the grass-cutter answer Bhanubhakta felt ashamed of himself. Therefore, by the inspiring words of the grass-cutter, he wrote two verses which are as follows:

भर जन्म घाँसतिर मन दिई धन कमायो
नाम क्यै रहोस पछि भनेर कुवा खनायो
घाँसी दरिद्र घरको तर बुद्धी कस्तो
म भानुभक्त धनी भैकन आज यस्तो
मेरा इनार न त सत्तल पाटी क्यै छन्
जे धन र चीजहरू छन् घरभित्रनै छन्
तेस घाँसीले कसरी आज दिएछ अर्ति
धिक्कर हो मकन बस्नु न राखि किर्ती

 

He gives his life to cutting grass and earns little money,
he hopes to make a well for his people so he will be remembered after death,
this high thinking grass-cutter lives in poverty,
I have achieved nothing though I have much wealth.I have neither made rest houses nor a well,
all my riches are inside my house.
This grass-cutter has opened my eyes today,
my life is worthless if the memory of my existence fades away.

 

It not only sparked literary creativity in Bhanubhakta but also inspired him to do something noble, which eventually resulted in his translation of the great epic Ramayana from Sanskrit into Nepali and he made it to accessible, readable and understandable for a wide range of Nepali people. And because of his noble work Bhanubhakta and Nepali language became synonym in Nepali literature.

Poet Bhanubhakta was not only a romantic but a satiric poet too. Other remarkable books by him are Badhu Sikshya, Bhakta Mala and Prasnottar Mala.

You may find details of the book Bhanubhakta ko Ramayana and other books on Bhanubhakta and poets of Nepal in our Web Site.