Alvida, Yogesh!


Yogesh (March 19, 1943 – May 29, 2020)

Celebrated lyricist of the 70’s Yogesh (original name Yogesh Gaur) passed away on May 29 2020, in Mumbai. He was 77.  

Yogesh was known as the lyricist of some of the most iconic songs of the 1970s like ‘Kahin Door Jab Din Dal Jaaye’ and ‘Zindagi Kaisi Hai Paheli’ from the film Anand, ‘Badi Sooni Sooni Hai’ from Mili, ‘Rajnigandha Phool Tumhare’ and ‘Kai Baar Yunhi Dekha Hai’ from Rajnigandha, ‘Rimjhim Gire Swan, Sulag Sulag Jaye Man’ from film Manzil, ‘Na Bole Tum Na Maine Kuchh Kaha’ from Baton Baton Mein among many others.

He had a long association with filmmakers like Basu Chatterjee, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and composer Salil Chowdhary in the early 1970s. In addition to success in several films, the lyricist also wrote for a lot of very popular title songs for television serials like Chandrakanta, Rajani, Thoda Hai Thode Ki Zarurat Hai, Hasratein, Gudgudee among others. He last penned songs for the film Angrezi Mein Kehte Hain, in 2018.  

Born in Lucknow, Gaur arrived in Mumbai back in the 1960s following the death of his father. His first break as a lyricist came in the film, Sakhi Robin in 1962. However, his first big breakthrough was film Anand  which released almost a decade after he began writing songs for films, in 1971. In an interview with The Indian Express, Yogesh had shared what inspired him to write. “Jo dekhta tha, jo jeeta tha, wohi likha hai (I wrote what I saw and lived)”.

Veteran playback singer Lata Mangeshkar paid tribute to Yogesh via her Twitter accounts with the following words: “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 got to know about the death of Yogesh Ji who wrote many heartwarming songs. I have sung many songs written by him. He was a very calm and composed man. I pay my respects to him).”

Chairman and Managing Director of one of India’s biggest music company T-series, Bhushan Kumar also paid tribute to the ace lyricist with this tweet: “Deeply saddened by the demise of lyricist Yogesh ji. Sending across my prayers to the family and loved ones during this difficult time. #RIP

Veteran scriptwriter and SWA President Robin Bhatt expressed his grief over Yogesh’s demise with these words: “Yogesh was a poet with the depth of an ocean. India film industry will remember him even after the sunset of his life. OM SHANTI.”

Honorary General Secretary of SWA, Sunil Salgia also shared his pain by quoting the lyrics of one of Yogesh’s most popular songs. “Achanak Ye Man Kisi Ke Jane Ke Baad, Kare Phir Uski Yaad, Chhoti Chhoti Si Baat….  An era of simplistic yet meaningful lyrics that went straight into the heart is over. You will be missed Yogesh ji!” Salgia said.

Urdu poet, scriptwriter and member of SWA’s Executive Committee Danish Javed expressed his sorrow on the same lines and said “Kahin Duoor Jab Din Dhal Jaaye… Apni lekhni ke zariye chamakne wala ek  sooraj aaj dhal gaya. Aah yogesh Ji….. “

On behalf of its lyricist members and the writers fraternity, the Screenwriters Association expresses its deep grief at the demise of Yogesh. He might not be with us today in body, his words will always be there to cheer us through some memorable songs. We pray for his soul to rest in peace.