This article is written by Sadanand Kamath, a fellow enthusiast of Hindi movie music and a regular contributor to this blog.
This couplet of a ghazal written by Nida Fazli, the modernist Urdu poet and writer, made him famous among mushaira goers. Later this full ghazal was sung by Jagjit Singh and Chitra Singh sometime in late 70s bringing Nida Fazli in the limelight in a wider canvass including Hindi film industry.
I was familiar with Nida Fazli as a Urdu poet mainly because of his occasional appearances on Doordarshan’s Urdu programmes. I think, in terms of the number of times he appeared on Doordarshan, he was next only to Ali Sardar Jafri. A fortnight back, I saw him as a commentator in DD Bharati programme ‘Urdu Shayari Ka Safarnama’ for which he was also the script writer. During the last few days, I must have read nearly a hundred…
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