Hindi film lyricist Yogesh Gaur passed away on Friday morning at a friend’s house on the outskirts of Mumbai city. Yogesh always used the perfect words to express the feelings that were reflected in those songs.
Yogesh’s Hindi songs uplifted central cinema “His poetry was easy flowing, literary and deep. He belonged to the lyrical school of Shailendra. “
Yogesh lost his engineer father when he was very young. He learned typewriting for a living but left for Bombay in 1961, where his relative, Vrajendra Gaur, was already an established writer. But the lyricist had to struggle for years before making a strong place in films. In those days of struggle, his childhood friend Satyaprakash Tiwari helped him a lot.
Yogesh made his debut with Sakhi Robin (1962), Tum jo aao to pyaar aa jaye (Music: Robin Banerjee, singer: Manna De-Suman Kalyanpur). But it was Rishikesh Mukherjee’ Anand (1970) that made him a literary lyricist.
In a career spanning over five decades, Yogesh Gaur has written for more than 50 films. Khanna says, “Unfortunately he did not get enough work to do justice to his talent.” But he wrote songs that kept the music lovers humming. As Jha says, “In the title song of Rajnigandha, you can still smell the scent of flowers.”