Tributes to Bollywood’s eternal poet Sahir Ludhianvi on his 38th death anniversary today.

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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.

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