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Sudarshan Faakir

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Sudarshan Kamra (1934 – 19 February 2008), better known by his takhallus Sudarshan Faakir, was an Indian poet and lyricist. His Ghazals and Nazms were sung by Begum Akhtar and Jagjit Singh. Faakir belonged to the small and diminishing tribe of non-Muslim Urdu poets from East Punjab. Sudarshan Faakir is the first lyricist to have won a Filmfare Award for his very first song. Apart from the hits like Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti, he was famous for a religious number - Hey Ram... Hey Ram. He is the Writer of National NCC Song of India- Hum Sab Bhartiya Hain. Apart from Non-Film Music, Sudarshan Faakir has Penned Songs from various films also. Sudarshan "Faakir" was the favourite poet of "Mallika-E-Ghazal" Begum Akhtar in her last phase, She sang five of his ghazals. He was also the co-traveller of Jagjit Singh, an association that began with "Woh Kagaz Ki Kashti, Woh Barish Ka Pani" in 1982. Compositions : Agar hum kahen aur woh muskura Gam bade aate hain qatil ki nigaahon kii tarah Mere dukh ki koi dawa na karo Shayad main zindagi ki sahar leke aa gaya Ye daulat bhi le lo, ye shohrat bhi le lo (used in the 1987 Hindi film Aaj) Zindagi zindagi mere ghar aana, aana zindagi (used in the 1979 Hindi film Dooriyan) Ho jata hai kaise pyaar, na jaane koi (used in the 1992 Hindi film Yalgaar) Bezubani Zuban Na Ho Jaaye (non-film) Phir Aaj Mujhe Tumko Bas Itna Batana Hai (used in the 1987 Hindi film Aaj) Zindagi Men Jab Tumhare Gam Nahin The (used in the 1979 Hindi film Dooriyan) Zindagi tujhko jiya hai koi afsos nahin, zahar khud maine piya hai koi afsos nahi Shayad Main Zindagi Ki Sahar Leke Aa Gaya Apanon Ke Sitam Hum Se Baat Nahi Jaate Aaj Ke Daur Me Ae Dost Ye Manzar Kyun Hai "Barsaat Ke Mausam Mein" from Naajayaz[1995] A perfectionist to the core, he laboured hard over his poetry. Faakir is perhaps one of the last of the tribe of vanishing poets who lived for poetry and it is noteworthy that he put together his poetry in an anthology and published his first ‘diwan’ only after he became a much-celebrated poet. Sudarshan died on 18 February 2008, at a hospital in Jalandhar, at the age of 73, after a prolonged illness. He was cremated at Model town.
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