Renowned poet and lyricist Nida Fazli, who penned several soulful compositions like ‘Kabhi kisi ko mukamil jahan nahi milta’, passed away on Monday after he complained of breathlessness at his residence in suburban Mumbai.
He was 78.
Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli, popularly known as Nida Fazli, was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award.
Born in Delhi in a Kashmiri family, Fazli did his schooling in Gwalior. During the partition, his parents migrated to Pakistan, but Fazli decided to stay in India.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter.
“He complained of breathlessness this morning around 11 am at his residence. When we reached the hospital we were informed that he is no more,” a relative said.
“He was suffering from a minor cold and cough... He had no medical history as such, so it’s shocking for us,” he said.
Fazli, whose father was also an Urdu poet, was known for his elegant presentation and exclusive use of colloquial language for ghazals, nazms and dohas in Urdu and Hindi.
Some of his famous ghazals include ‘Kabhi kisi ko mukamil jahan nahi milta’, ‘Aa bhi jaa from the movie ‘Sur’, ‘Tu is tarah se meri zindagi mein’ from the movie ‘Aap toh aise na the’ and ‘Hosh waalon ko khabar kya’ in the movie ‘Sarfarosh.’
Congress president Sonia Gandhi and party vice president Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of the acclaimed poet.
“A Sahitya Akademi and a Padma Shri awardee, he will be remembered forever for his writings which enthralled an entire generation,” Sonia said in a condolence message.
Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Urdu literature has lost a popular figure in Fazli’s demise.