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Birth Anniversary – Anand Bakshi – Famed Lyricist and Word Juggler

He kept himself relevant through his compositions for close to 4 decades in Bollywood from the song “Sawan ka Mahina Pawan kare Sor” in Milan (1967) to “Mehendi Laga ke Rakhna” in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge (1996). However, he always believed that fame and success was temporary and never let it go into his head. Today, we celebrate the Birth Anniversary of poet and lyricist Anand Bakshi.

Born on 21st July 1930 at Rawalpindi (present day Pakistan) to Army man Mohan Lal Vaid Bakshi and Sumitra Bakshi, Anand had to experience the pain of deprivation quite a few times in his life. He was deprived of his mother quite early in his life through her death during another childbirth and partition deprived him of his motherland. This feeling of deprivation often reflected in his songs, one of the most notable being “Zindagi ke Safar mein guzar jaate hain jo makaam” from Aap ki Kasam (1974).

He joined the Army and served religiously there for close to a decade but wasn’t finding the times to pen down his thoughts, which he was passionate about since childhood days. Ultimately, he quit his Army job in 1956 and decided to try his luck in the movie industry as a lyricist.

After an initial period of struggle in which he also sustained his livelihood by working additionally as a motor mechanic, his first break in Bollywood came in 1958 through four songs in a movie by Brij Mohan called Bhala Aadmi, which starred Bhagwan Dada. His major breakthrough came in the year 1965 when he penned the songs for the hugely popular movies Himalay ki God Meinand Jab Jab Phool Khile.

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The success curve always maintained an upward trend thereafter. He was the preferred composer of superstar Rajesh Khanna, he had long associations with music composers SD Burman, RD Burman, Laxmikant-Pyarelal, Kalyanji Anandji, Rajesh Roshan and Anu Malik and his songs were sung by all the top singers for the next 30+ years.

His bibliography of movies is something others can only dream off, some of the notable ones were Bobby, Aradhana, Amar Prem, Milan, Balika Badhu, Aap ki Kasam, Sholay, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Amar Akbar Anthony, Seeta Aur Geeta, Nagina, Hum, Mohra, Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge, Pardes, Taal, Dil toh Pagal Hai, Mohabbatein, Gadar – Ek Prem Katha and Yaadein. His relevance throughout such a long period can be best explained by the fact that he had been nominated 40 times for the Filmfare Awards, which he went on to win 4 times.

Bakshi was married to Kamala Mohan in 1956 and the two were parents to 4 children – two sons Rajesh and Rakesh and two daughters Suman and Kavita. The legendary lyricist passed away on 30th March 2002 from multiple organ failure.

On his birth anniversary, let us pay our rich tributes to this legendary lyricist, who knew to continuously reinvent himself to keep himself relevant to the changing times.

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