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Born 4 Jan 1924 in Uttar Pradesh
Died 19 Jul 2018 in Delhi
Age94 years, 6 months
Gopaldas Neeraj
Gopaldas Neeraj
This photo was taken during a function in his honour

About Gopaldas Neeraj

Gopaldas Saxena 'Neeraj (popularly known as Niraj or Neeraj; 4 January 1925 – 19 July 2018) was an Indian poet and author of Hindi literature. He was also a poet of Hindi Kavi sammelan. He was born in the village of Puravali, near Mahewa in Etawah district in Uttar Pradesh, India on 4 January 1925. He wrote under the pen name "Neeraj".He was awarded the Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.Besides writing, he earned his living teaching in a college and was a Professor of Hindi Literature in Dharma Samaj College, Aligarh. Around 2012, Neeraj was the chancellor of Mangalayatan University, Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh.Several poems and songs written by Neeraj have been used in Hindi movies. He wrote songs for several Hindi films and was proficient in both Hindi and Urdu. In a television interview, Neeraj called himself an unlucky poet, who had to concentrate on that form instead of writing songs for films. He had written for some music directors of the Hindi film industry - for example, Kanyadaan, 1968; Prem Pujari, 1970; Sharmilee, 1971; Tere Mere Sapne, 1971 - but his career there ended when he became depressed at their deaths. He noted in particular the deaths of Jaikishan, of the music duo Shankar-Jaikishan, and S. D. Burman, for both of whom he had written highly popular film songs.Neeraj died, aged 93, on 19 July 2018 in New Delhi. He had been admitted to hospital with a lung infection.