Biography of Gopaldas 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 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.
Poet Gopaldas Neeraj has played a vital role to the world of Hindi cinema with extraordinary lyrics. He has been honored with a Padma Shri from the Government of India, Yash Bharti by the government of Uttar Pradesh, Rajat Shree by the e Hindi Samaj Australia and also Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist.
Gopaldas Neeraj was born in the small village, Puravali of Etawah in Uttar Pradesh, India. He studied till high school at the Government College at Etah in Uttar Pradesh, and then studied until M.A. at the D.A.V. College in Kanpur. He wrote impressive verses under the pen name "Neeraj". His style is easy to understand, but has also been compared with high quality Hindi literature. Besides writing, he earned his living by teaching in a college. He was a wellknown Professor of Hindi Literature in Aligarh (U.P.). Majority of his poems and songs have been used in Hindi movies and are considered to be famous. He wrote songs for several Hindi Movies and attained an exceptional position as a songwriter who wrote in pure Hindi and did not support HindiUrdu mix, which is becoming more common day by day. He was highly influenced by the verses of Shri Harivansh Rai Bachchan. He came into limelight for the first time in 1941 when he recited his compositions at a kavi sammelan in Etah. He entered films in I960, when the late R. Chandra, producer and director, invited him to write songs for his picture Nai Umar Ki Nai Fasal. He also wrote the lyrics for films like Mera Naam Joker, Prem Pujari, Sharmilee, Pehchan, Chanda Aur Bijli, Tere Mere Sapne, Kanyadan, and Gambler.
Gopaldas Neeraj's Works:
1. PRAN GEET
2. DARA DIYA HAI
4. BADAR BARAS GAYO
6. NEERAJ KI PATI
7. NEERAJ KI GEETIKAYEN
8. DO GEET
9. NADI KINARE
11. GEET AGEET
12. NEERAJ KI RACHNAVALI
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Gopaldas Neeraj Poems
Hai Bahut Andiar Ab Suraj Nikalna Chahiy...
Door Se Door Talak Ek Bhi Darakht Na Tha
Sapna Jhare Phul Se, Mit Chubhe Shul Se
Life's Swan Song
Now don't delay my departure My funeral is ready Destination is far- off And every direction is dark.
Mind Not Free
Though our body has become independent still, our mind is not, we have -
Ego-My Prison House
My lock-key has been lost And closet-ed Life has become Uncomfortable herein I am not,
I Meditate ...
I meditate- If ever there's a third world war What'll happen to new morn's offspring ? I meditate- If Earth sprouts out blood What'll happen of the mirth of innocent ploughs ?
Where To Civilization?
Whore to this world ? What speed-Science ? Which Way-History ? What turmoil-Time ?
30th January - An Order
Today's Thirtieth January Write-if you must Ask not for ink Transfer tears on paper.
Time To Raise Tempests !
Time to raise tempests ! Time to raise tempests ; Tears being toxed, pain being public-saled Every fragrant-Flower is a revolutionary.
O pedestrian ! Walk with care. This's Raj Path !
A Poet, I Am Not
Friend: A poet, I am not. Those who are, Sing not, Care naught for the oppressed,
Darkness Will Decline
My country! Don't be dejected flame'll get ignited, Darkness'll decline.
I Meditate ...
I meditate- If ever there's a third world war
What'll happen to new morn's offspring ?
I meditate- If Earth sprouts out blood
What'll happen of the mirth of innocent ploughs ?
Happy-boughs, fragrant gardens
Nonchalant running of rivers and
Bubbling of brooks,
Cheerful children,fearless youth
Bashful moon faced maids !