Tributes to renowned Urdu poet and Hindi film lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri, on his 2nd death anniversary today.
Poet-lyricist Naqsh Lyallpuri, who passed away on this day in 2017, wrote a select bunch of unforgettable songs that are hummed to this day.
The poet was born as Jaswant Rai in the town of Lyallpur in the part of Punjab now in Pakistan. He came to Mumbai in the late 1940s to make a career in Hindi cinema. Though he got his first break in 1952 as a song writer with the song “Agar Teri Aakhon Se Aakhein Mila Doon” in the film Jaggu, real success eluded him till the early 1970s. He also worked with the postal department for some time to make ends meet during his early days in Mumbai.
Having had to compete with the Sahirs, the Hasrats and the Shailendras in the early part of his career and the Gulzars and the Majroohs in the later part, Lyallpuri had to settle for the odd number or two in albums of leading music directors. And due to the strong competition, he was forced to concentrate on ‘B-grade’ films and, later, Punjabi cinema.
Over the years, he collaborated with some top film directors, musicians, and singers, penning soft melodies, romantic numbers and emotional songs that touched the hearts of millions.
Some of his best songs include: “Main To Har Mod Par Tujhko Doonga Sada” (Chetana), “Teri Awaaz Ki Jaadugiri Se” (Teri Talash Mein), “Pyar Ka Dard Hai” (Dard), “Chitthiye Ni” (Henna), “Maana Teri Nazar Mein Tera Pyar Hum Nahi” (Ahista Ahista), “Yeh Wahi Geet Hai Jisko Maine” (Man Jaiye), “Har Janam Mein Hamara Milan (Kagaz Ki Naao), “Tumhein Dekhti Hoon” (Tumhare Liye), “Yeh Mulakaat Ik Bahana Hai” (Khandaan), “Chori Chori Koi Aaye” (Noorie), “Na Jane Kya Hua Jo Tu Ne Chhoo Liya” (Dard), “Ulfat Mein Zamane Ki” (Call Girl), “Rasm-E-Ulfat Ko Nibhaye” (Dil ki Rahein) “Apni Aankhon Mein Basaa Kar” (Thokar), “Tumhein Ho Na Ho” (Gharonda), “Do Deewane Shaher Mein” (Gharonda), “Chandni Raat Mein” (Dil-E-Nadan) and “Teri Talash Mein” (Teri Talash Mein”).
Saddened by later-day demands to infuse what he felt were “crude” lyrics for songs, Lyallpuri retired from Hindi film industry in the late 1990s and penned songs for television.
He made a brief comeback in 2005 penning songs for the films Taj Mahal: An Eternal Love Story (2005) with Naushad and Yatra (2006) with Khayyam.
May the noble soul of this genius shaayar rest in eternal peace.