Born Abdul Hayee, the celebrated Hindi and Urdu poet and lyricist Sahir Ludhianvi would have turned 99 this year. His lyrics were often contemplative. For instance, his famous song “Main zindagi ka saath nibhata chala gaya” from the 1961 film ‘Hum Dono’, which Mohammed Rafi sang, is an ode to optimism and a philosophical suggestion to let go of things outside one’s control. (“Barbadiyon ka soz manana fizool tha. Barbadiyon ka jashn manaata chala gaya.”)

The idea of unrequited love often featured in his early works and was attributed to his relationship with Punjabi poet Amrita Pritam.

His 99th birth anniversary falls on Sunday, March 8. The occasion is being commemorated with ghazal performances and poetry readings.


‘Ek Ehsaas’

Ghazal maestro Talat Aziz will pay tribute to Ludhianvi by singing the poet’s nazms and ghazals.
When: Sunday, March 8 at 7.29pm.
Where: Chowdiah Memorial Hall, G.D. Park Extension, Malleswaram.



Naseeruddin Shah will read select poems of Ludhianvi in his famous baritone alongside the founder of Katha Kathan Mehfil, Jameel Gulrays.
When: Sunday, March 8 at 7.30pm.
Where: St Andrews Centre for Philosophy & Performing Arts, St Dominic Road, Bandra (West).