Today is the birth anniversary of Kavi Pradeep,the poet and lyricist known for penning wonderful songs filled with patriotic fervour. Born Ramachandra Dwivedi this day in 1915, he made his debut in 1940 with film Bandhan when his song ' Door hato aye duniya walon hindustan hamara hai' became so popular that he had to go underground to avoid being caught and prosecuted by the British Indian Government.Another of his popular songs was ' Chal chal re naujawan'.
He wrote lyrics for films like Kismat, Jagriti, Nastik and many many others and became renowned. The songs ' De di hamen azadi bina khadag vina dhaal' , 'Ao bachcho tumhen dikhayen jhanki hindustan ki', 'Chalo chalen maa sapnon ke gaaon mein' in film Jagriti catapulted him to renown and popularity. The song 'Dekh tere sansar ki haalat kya ho gayi bhagwan is popular even to this day.The song' Aye mere watan ke logon, zara aankh mein bhar lo pani...' penned by him after the 1962 war with China drew the Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru to tears and made Pardeep immortal.
He also lent his voice to his songs ' Dekh tere sansaar ki haalat.. ' , 'Pinjare je panchhi re tera dard na jaane koi', & ' Ao bachcho tumhen dikhayen jhanki hindustan ki'.
In a career spanning five decades, he wrote about 1700 lyrics for 72 films.
He died on 11December, 1998: aged 83.
Our humble tributes to the great poet and lyricist !