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Gulzar: Indian Poet

The month of April is known as National Poetry Writing Month or NaPoWriMo. As we celebrate NaPoWriMo, let’s celebrate a poet each day, and understand their way of writing poetry.

Gulzar is one of the most versatile creative artists of our time. He has been given the Oscar, the Dada Sahib Phalke Award, the Grammy Award, the Padma Bhushan and many more for his contributions. Whether he wrote poetry or prose, his unique way of saying things has helped bring about new things and emotions in the way we live our lives, over and over again.

Early Life!

Gulzar’s real name is Sampuran Singh Kalra. He was born on August 18, 1934, in a village in India. From his boyhood, he was deeply attached to Rabindranath Tagore and Sharat Chand, who were his favourite writers.

He disliked textbooks and failed intermediate school, but found his passion in literature. Rabindranath Tagore and Sharat Chand were his favourite writers from childhood. Gulzar’s family survived the horrors of 1947’s partition. He moved with his family to Delhi. His parents couldn’t afford Gulzar’s college. So Gulzar worked at a gas station. Then fate led him to Bombay. To become a poet was Gulzar’s lifelong ambition. Gulzar became a literary figure in Bombay.

Legacy of Gulzar!

It’s not just movies that Gulzar has worked on for a long time. He has been very interested in children’s poetry and prose for a while now, and he wants to learn more about them. He wrote the title song for “Jungle Book,” which is called “Jungle Jungle Baat Chala Hai Pata Chala Hai”.

He has also written poems and dialogues for “Alice in Wonderland” and “Potli Baba,” which are two of his favourite books. He is also the founder of Aarushi, a group for kids who are physically disabled, and Eklavya, a group that helps people learn.

In April 2013, he was named Chancellor of Assam University. A lot of people don’t get to have the fame and honour that Gulzar has had in his life. However, the literary merit of a writer is always judged by people who will read their work in the future, not by people who read it now.

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