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Veteran lyricist Yogesh who wrote iconic songs for Anand and Rajnigandha dies at 77

Veteran Bollywood lyricist Yogesh died in Mumbai on Friday. He was 77. Playback legend Lata Mangeshkar paid homage to the late lyricist on Twitter.

She wrote: “Mujhe abhi pata chala ki dil ko chunewale geet likhnewale kavi Yogesh ji ka aaj swargwas hua. Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Yogesh ji ke likhe kai geet maine gaaye. Yogesh ji bahut shaant aur madhur swabhav ke insan the. Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun (I just came to know of the demise of the poet Yogesh ji whose songs touched one’s heart. The news pains me. I have sung songs that Yogesh ji wrote. Yogesh ji was a man of gentle disposition. I offer him my humble tribute).”



The veteran lyricist was not holding properly for some time now and, in accordance with a report in, he was staying with a disciple within the Mumbai suburb of Nala Sopara.

Some of Yogesh’s finest lyrics have been within the movies of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. He wrote classics comparable to Zindagi Kaise Yeh Paheli and Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye in Anand. His memorable numbers embrace Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare and Kayi Baar Yun Hi Dekha Hai in Rajnigandha; Badi Sooni Sooni Hai in Mili; Jaaneman Jaaneman and Na Jaane Kyun in Chhoti Si Baat; Rimjhim Giray Saawan in Manzil; and Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuchh Kaha in Baton Baton Mein, amongst quite a few others.

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Born in Lucknow in 1943, Yogesh arrived in Bombay (now Mumbai) of the sixties to be a poet and likewise a lyricist in movies. His first Bollywood break was as a lyricist within the movie Sakhi Robin (1962). He penned six songs for the movie directed by BJ Patel and starring Rajan Kapoor, Nilofar and Babu Raje.

Yogesh continued working into his late seventies. In truth, his final work is within the 2018 launch, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, which featured Sanjay Mishra, Anshuman Jha and Shivani Raghivanshi. Yogesh wrote two songs for the movie’s soundtrack that have been composed by Pravin Kunwar.

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