25th October, 2018 marks the 25th death anniversary of the renowned poet and lyricist, Sahir Ludhianwi. His real name was Abdul Hai, who was born in Ludhiyana,Punjab, on March 8, 1921. He has had a difficult childhood, which is evident in his deep poetry.Sahir Ludhianwi, scribbled several poems, lyrics and film songs.
Sahir’s parents got seperated when he was only six years old. Poor Sahir distracted himself from his problems by taking an interest in Urdu and Persian. He developed mastery over these languages under the supervision of Maulana Faiz Harbanvi. He gave himself the name “Sahir” when he came across it in Iqbal’s couplets, which means a magician. Sahir was aware of the socio-economic and political problems of the country and took part in the students’ movement and conducted several meetings to discuss them.
Ludianwi left Ludhiyana to study in Lahore, where he got admitted in Dayalsingh College. In college he was voted as the President of the Students’ Federation, but he left his college in mid-way. Soon after he started working as an editor in a few popular Urdu magazines. It was after the 1947 partition, that the poet decided to settle in India, and work as a songwriter. Sahir got his first break in Bollywood when he met SD Burman, and got a chance to write his first song’s lyrics. After that Sahir got a chance to write songs with the compositions of OP Nayyer, Khayam, Ravi, Madan Mohan and Jay Dev.Sahir was in love his whole life, but remained unmarried, and died on October 25, 1980.