Today is Poet Qamar Jalalabadi’s death anniversary. Born Om Prakash Bhandari at Jalalabad, Punjab, India, in 1917, he expired in 2003. He began writing Urdu poems since the age of 7. His family did not encourage him. But, a nomadic poet Amar Chand Amar, who met him at his hometown, encouraged him; recognizing his immense talent. It was this man, who gave the little poet the penname Qamar, meaning moon. He picked the second part of the penname Jalalabadi from his home town – Jalalabad – taking on the trend of writers calling themselves after their hometowns.
Post Matriculation or schooling, he became a freelance journalist with some Lahore-based newspapers. The early 1940s saw him traveling to Pune attracted by the possibility of a career in movies. His songs, from his debut film Zamindaar (1942), catapulted him to fame. He relocated to Bombay (Mumbai now) where his career spanned over 4 decades. During this time, he worked with popular music composers like Ghulam Haider, Husanlal Bhagatram, S D Burman, Sardar Malik and others and singers like Mohammad Rafi, Talat Mahmood, Geeta Roy (Dutt), Suraiya, Mukesh, Manna Dey, Asha Bhonsle, etc. He worked with several movie companies like Famous Pictures, Filmistan Ltd., Filmkar Ltd., Minerva Movietone, Mitra Productions, N C Sippy Films, Pancholi Pictures, Prabhat Film Company, Prakash Pictures, Shri Shakti Films, Sippy Films, Wadia Films Ltd., etc.
Bollywood and Poet Qamar Jalalabadi’s Death Anniversary:
Some Bollywood songs penned by him are:
Duniya mein garibonko aaram nahin milta… Zamindaar (1942)
Sunti nahin duniya kabhi fariyaad kisiki… Renuka (1947)
Dil kis liye rota hai… Mulaqaat (1947)
Ik dilke tukde hazaar hue… Pyar Ki Jeet (1948)
Sun meri sanwari… Ansoo (1953)
Din hai suhana aaj pehli tareekh hai… Pehli Tareekh (1954)
Mera naam chin chin choo… Howrah Bridge (1958)
Aayiye Meherbaan… Howrah Bridge (1958)
Guni janoon bhakt janoon… Aansoo Aur Muskan (1970)