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Renowned poet and lyricist Nida Fazli, who penned several soulful compositions like ‘Kabhie
kisi ko mukamil jahan nahi milta’, passed away on Monday after he complained of breathlessness at his residence in suburban Mumbai. He was 78.

Muqtida Hasan Nida Fazli, popularly known as Nida Fazli, was a recipient of the Sahitya Akademi award.

Born in Delhi in a Kashmiri family, Fazli did his schooling in Gwalior. During the partition, his parents migrated to Pakistan, but Fazli decided to stay in India. He is survived by wife and a daughter.

“He complained of breathlessness this morning at around 11 AM at his residence. When we reached the hospital we were informed that he is no more,” a relative said.

“He was just having minor cold and cough… he had no medical history as such, so it’s shocking for us,” he said.

Fazli, whose father was also an Urdu poet, was known for his elegant presentation and exclusive use of colloquial language for ghazals, nazms and dohas in Urdu and Hindi.

Some of his famous ghazals include “Kabhie Kisi Ko Mukamil Jahan Nahi Milta”, ‘Aa Bhi Jaa, Aa Bhi Jaa’ (“Sur”), “Tu Is Tarah Se Meri Zindagi Mein” (“Aap Toh Aise Na They”) and ‘Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya’ (“Sarfarosh”).

Congress President Sonia Gandhi and party Vice President Rahul Gandhi condoled the death of the acclaimed poet.

“A Sahitya Akademi and a Padma Shri awardee, he will be remembered forever for his writings which enthralled an entire generation,” Sonia said in a condolence message Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis said Urdu literature has lost a popular figure in Fazli’s demise.

On Twitter, a string of film celebrities condoled Fazli’s death and recounted some of his works. Here’s what they said:

 

Here’s a look at some of his famous ghazals

1. Har Taraf Har Jagah Be-Shumar Aadmi

2. Ab Khushi Hai Na Koi Dard

3. Kabhi Kisi Ko Mukammal Jahaan Nahi Milta (Ahista Ahista...

4. Koi Akela Kahan

5. Chup Tum Raho

6. Aa Bhi Ja

7. Hosh Waalon Ko Khabar Kya (Sarfarosh)