Google paid tribute to the great Indian Urdu poet and lyricist, Kaifi Azmi, by dedicating a doodle on his 101st birth anniversary on Tuesday. The Doodle features Azmi, wearing a white kurta, while reciting a poem. One of the most renowned poets of 20th century India, Kaifi Azmi was born on January 14, 1919 in Uttar Pradesh’s Azamgarh and started writing poetry at an early age. Inspired by Mahatma Gandhi’s Quit India freedom movement of 1942, he left for Mumbai to write for an Urdu newspaper.
Kaifi later became a member of Progressive Writers’ Movement of India and is credited for bringing Urdu literature to Indian cinema. His greatest feat as a writer in cinema was 1970’s ‘Heer Raanjha’ where the entire dialogue of the film was penned in verse.
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Remembering legendary Rafi sahab on his 94th birth anniversary today! I am really speechless,my words will surely fail to describe his greatness 🙏 For me Rafi sahab is an all rounder, not only he was an amazing singer but a very good and charitable person! he was known for singing for new musicians without any additional demands in his fees we all know what an amazing and talented singer he was! Now let us also learn some facts about him ,1)Naushad Ali, the late Legendary music composer once asked him once why he made donations or charities through his secretary. The answer he received was not in the least expected. Raf Sahaab replied, “Main denewala kaun hoon? Denewala toh Allah hai!” (“Who am I to give? God is the Giver.”) The attribute of giving he did not assign to himself but to God. For him, “the deed was everything; the glory naught” 2)Rafi Sahaab was never a person who would turn down the offer to sing, just because the music director could not afford to pay him. Neither was he a person who would not give his hundred percent just because he had received a smaller amount or no amount at all from his music directors. 3)The musical duo of Laxmikant-Pyarelal had rightly observed that Rafi Sahaab gave without thinking of returns. According to them: “Rafi Sahaab Ne Har Dukh Mein Hamara Saath Diya.” That is, he helped them at every stage of grief. Pyarelal recollects how once during their bad patch his father had taken him to Rafi Sahaab’s house for some monetary help. Pyarelal also recollects that he owed Rs.500 to Rafi Sahaab and when during the recording of Rafi-Lata duet, Yeh Dil Tum Bin Lagta Nahin (from Izzat – 1968) he reminded him about it, Rafi Sahaab did not “recall” giving any money to him. Giving without thinking was indeed the hallmark of Rafi Sahaab’s generosity and large-heartedness. Rafi Sahaab was the only man in the film industry who did not remind the film producers but rather “forgot” about his dues when their films did not do well.. . Whenever I listen to this song I feel as if Rafi sahab has sung it for himself 'Meri aawaz suno,pyaar ka raag suno'🎵 . #mohammedrafi #meriaawazsuno #kaifiazmi #madanmohan #naunihal
He is also the father of veteran actress Shabana Azmi. Awarded with both Sahitya Akademi and National award, he died on May 10, 2002 at the age of 83.
Shabana Azmi shared the Google Doodle post on Instagram and wrote, "And the Kaifi Azmi birth centenary celebrations come to a close with a google doodle . Thank you to all those who came together to make it such a satisfying year."
Kaifi’s other film credits include writing dialogues for MS Sathyu’s ‘Garam Hawa’ (1973), ‘Manthan’ (1976) and penning iconic songs like Pakeezah’s soundtrack ‘Chalte Chalte’, ‘Koi Yeh Kaise Bataye’ from Arth, ‘Yeh Duniya Yeh Mehfil’ and his own poem ‘Aurat’.