Noted film lyricist Gulshan Bawra, who gave memorable songs like 'Mere Desh Ki Dharti', died in Mumbai on Friday following a heart attack.
He was 72 and is survived by his wife.
"Bawra, who was ailing for last several months, suffered a heart attack at his suburban Bandra residence early today," his neighbour Monica Khanna told PTI.
"Bawra's family members in Delhi have been informed and they are on their way to Mumbai," Khanna said.
However, there would be no cremation as Bawra had expressed desire to donate his body, she said, adding that the body would be taken to government J J Hospital here.
Born in present Pakistan, the lyricist moved to India after partition.
In his 42 years of film career, he penned many popular songs, including 'Yaari hai imaan mera yaar meri zindagi', 'Sanam teri Kasam', 'Agar tum na hote', 'Aati rahengi baharein' and 'Jeevan ke har mod par mil jayenge humsafar'.
He received the Filmfare award for 'Yaari hai imaan mera' song and went on to provide lyrics for several Hindi blockbusters.