Yogesh penned songs in films directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.(Twitter)
Yogesh penned songs in films directed by Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee.(Twitter)

Veteran lyricist Yogesh who wrote iconic songs for Anand and Rajnigandha dies at 77

Veteran Hindi film lyricist Yogesh, who penned some of the most memorable songs in Hindi films in films like Rajesh Khanna’s Anand, Vidya Sinha and Amol Palekar’s Rajnigandha, died in Mumbai.
Mumbai | By Indo Asian News Service | Posted by Nivedita Mishra
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2020 09:01 AM IST

Veteran Bollywood lyricist Yogesh died in Mumbai on Friday. He was 77. Playback legend Lata Mangeshkar paid homage to the late lyricist on Twitter.

She wrote: “Mujhe abhi pata chala ki dil ko chunewale geet likhnewale kavi Yogesh ji ka aaj swargwas hua. Ye sunke mujhe bahut dukh hua. Yogesh ji ke likhe kai geet maine gaaye. Yogesh ji bahut shaant aur madhur swabhav ke insan the. Main unko vinamra shraddhanjali arpan karti hun (I just came to know of the demise of the poet Yogesh ji whose songs touched one’s heart. The news pains me. I have sung songs that Yogesh ji wrote. Yogesh ji was a man of gentle disposition. I offer him my humble tribute).”



The veteran lyricist was not keeping well for a while now and, according to a report in nationalheraldindia.com, he was staying with a disciple in the Mumbai suburb of Nala Sopara.


Some of Yogesh’s best lyrics were in the films of Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Basu Chatterjee. He wrote classics such as Zindagi Kaise Yeh Paheli and Kahin Door Jab Din Dhal Jaaye in Anand. His memorable numbers include Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare and Kayi Baar Yun Hi Dekha Hai in Rajnigandha; Badi Sooni Sooni Hai in Mili; Jaaneman Jaaneman and Na Jaane Kyun in Chhoti Si Baat; Rimjhim Giray Saawan in Manzil; and Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuchh Kaha in Baton Baton Mein, among numerous others.


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Born in Lucknow in 1943, Yogesh arrived in Bombay (now Mumbai) of the sixties to be a poet and also a lyricist in films. His first Bollywood break was as a lyricist in the film Sakhi Robin (1962). He penned six songs for the film directed by BJ Patel and starring Rajan Kapoor, Nilofar and Babu Raje.

Yogesh continued working into his late seventies. In fact, his last work is in the 2018 release, Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, which featured Sanjay Mishra, Anshuman Jha and Shivani Raghivanshi. Yogesh wrote two songs for the film’s soundtrack that were composed by Pravin Kunwar.

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