Tributes to Bollywood’s eternal poet Sahir Ludhianvi on his 38th death anniversary today.
Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form and incorporated as a film song. So great was his stature as an Urdu poet that he never had to mold his poetry to suit the demands of film songwriting; instead, producers and composers adapted their requirements to his poetry. His songs in films like Pyaasa, Naya Daur and Phir Subah Hogi have attained the status of classics.
A ‘refined romantic’, a colossus amongst film lyricists, Sahir Ludhianvi gave some of Indian cinema’s best songs, often expressing the beauty of the heroine or lamenting the state of the nation.
Over thirty-eight years after Sahir Ludhianvi’s death, his poetry and lyrics remain an inspiration for lyricists of the day.