Tributes to Hindi cinema’s one of the most famous romantic lyricists S. H. Bihari on his 30th death anniversary.

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Shamshul Huda Bihari (S. H. Bihari) was born in 1922 in the district of Ara in the East Indian state of Bihar and died on 25 Feb 1987 of a heart attack. He studied in Calcutta, at Presidency College and graduated with a BA. He wrote love poems and songs (for most of his life) in Urdu and Hindi, he was also fluent in Bengali. As a youngster, he played football in Calcutta for Mohan Bagan. His brother Huda Bihari was a director (Jogi) and producer (Do Badan, Isi Ka Naam Duniya Hai ).

In 1947, he moved to Bombay from Calcutta, where he’d been living and studying. For the rest of his life, he wrote, with varying success, for the Hindi/Urdu film industry. In the late fifties and sixties, his work, particularly his partnership with composer O.P. Nayyar and the singer Asha Bhosle was exceptionally popular and the old catalogue continues to sell. With the decline in romantic movies during the seventies, his recorded work was limited though he continued to write throughout the period.

Some of his popular songs:

★dekho woh chaand chhupke karta hai kya ishaare (Shart, 1953)
★na yeh chaand hoga na taare rahenge magar ham hamesha tumhaare rahenge (Shart, 1953)
★yeh hansta hua karvaan zindagi ka na poochho chala hai kidhar (Ek Jhalak, 1956)
★bahut shukriya badi mehrbaani meri zindagi mein huzoor aap aaye (Ek Musafir Ek Haseena, 1962)
★taarif karoon kya uski jisne tujhe banaya (Kashmir Ki Kali, 1964)
★zara haule haule chalo more saajna ham bhi peechhe hain tumhaare (Sawan Ki Ghata, 1966)
★yehi woh jagah hai yehi woh fiza hai jahaan par (Yeh Raat Phir Na Aayegi, 1966)
★ kajra mohabbatwaala ankhiyon mein aisa daala kajre ne le lee meri jaan (Kismat, 1968)

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