Kaifi Azmi 101st Birthday, the man who lent words to some beautiful compositions of Bollywood
Google celebrated the 101st birth anniversary of Indian Urdu poet, lyricist, songwriter, and social activist Kaifi Azmi with it’s Google Doodle on Tuesday. Kaifi Azmi was one of the most renowned and noted poets of the 20th century. He was born on 14th January 1919 in Azamgarh, Uttar Pradesh.
Kaifi composed his first Ghazal ‘इतना तो ज़िंदगी में किसी की खलल पड़े’ at the age of eleven. He somehow managed to get a chance to recite his poem at a mushaira where he was praised by Mani Jaisi, the president of Mushaira. Although it is said that many people including his father believed the poem was originally written by Kaifi’s elder brother. However, his brother denied the claim and gave the full credit to Kaifi.
He was so much influenced by Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India movement that he abandoned his studies and became a Marxist. He later left for Mumbai and started working for an Urdu newspaper. In 1943, he published his first collection of poems, Jhankar, and joined the influential Progressive Writers’ Association.
Notable work in Bollywood
His notable work in Bollywood as a lyricist and songwriter for movies including ‘kaagaz Ke Phool’, Haqeeqat, Kohra, Anupama, and Razia Sultan to name a few. He has written some evergreen songs including Meri awaaz suno Pyar is Raag suno, which was picturized at the funeral of Jawahar Lal Nehru.
Kaifi Azmi’s contribution to Bollywood was praised by some other great poets including Nida Fazli. Along with Sahir Ludhianvi and Jan Nisar Akhtar, he changed the vocabulary of Bollywood songs and dialogues. For his contribution to Bollywood and society, Azmi was honored with some of India’s prestigious awards including three Filmfare Awards for Garam Hawa in 1973, Padma Shri for literature and education in 1974 and Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2002.
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