The 93-year-old, veteran poet and noted lyricist Gopaldas Neeraj passed away on Thursday. Neeraj, undoubtly gave Hindi cinema a new look much before it’s needed.
He took forward a wave of literary culture that legends like Harivansh Rai Bachchan started in the century. He was credited with making poetry popular, taking it to villages and communities.
He remained in the poetry circle for close to 70 years. When the city of Mumbai did not appeal to him, he went to Aligarh and continued with his poetic traditions there. He, then dedicated the poetry to the philosophy of humanity and love.