Mumbai-based Film Heritage Foundation, a non-for-profit NGO has found the belongings of Sahir Ludhianvi amid in a dump of newspaper and magazines at the scrap shop in Mumbai’s Juhu. The NGO is now planning to preserve and exhibit “ the archives”.
Who Was Sahir Ludhianvi?
Sahir Ludhianvi was an Indian poet and film lyricist who wrote poems in Urdu and Hindi. He has contributed a lot of his work for the Bollywood. He won many awards for his exemplary writing and inspired many to become a poet.
He made his debut with four songs performed in the film Azadi Ki Raah Par(1949). His works included of the songs for the movie Milap(1955), Chandrakanta(1956), Saadhna(1958), Dhool Ka Phool(1959) and many more.
Sahir Ludhianvi had written many songs for the 1957 film – ” Pyaasa“, now considered a cult classic. Several situations in the film, whose protagonist played by Guru Dutt, were based on Sahir Ludhianvi’s life. “Pyaasa” was the last movie which had his lyrics and poems.
Unfortunately, the famous poet died on 25th October 1980 at the age of 59. He died because of sudden cardiac death.
Lost Heritage in Scrap Shop
A number of priceless handwritten letters, diaries, nazm, and black and white photographs of legendary Urdu poet-lyricist SahirPoems were found in a scrap shop. They have been bought by an NGO for just Rs. 3,000 for preservation.
According to sources, the founding-director of Film Heritage Foundation Shivendra Singh Dungarpur told that “the diaries found have details of his daily routines like where he would be going for a song and other personal life happenings. Then there are several poems and notes. The notes are related to his publishing house “Parchaian.”
He also added that “there are letters addressed to him from prominent people of the time like music composer Ravi, his friend and poet Harbans. Some of the letters are in English, and some in Urdu. Rest all works were written in Urdu.
“Then there are photographs of Sahir-some individual, some photos had the pictures of his sisters and friends and some had his home in Punjab. The foundations’ experts are analyzing the poems and finding out which are the ones that have not got published, he said.
What Does NGO Have to Say About This?
Mr Dungarpur said his foundation had purchased the entire collection of Sahir Ludhianvi’s personal belongings for Rs. 3,000. He felt real remorse about the whole situation that how the precious and hard work of a famous artist landed in a quaint scrap shop in a Mumbai bylane.
He added,” Our team is always on the lookout for such film-related works. We once found the original film reel of Guru Dutt’s “Bharosa” and actress Sadhna’s items in the same condition and we have found them and preserved them.”
“Afsos hota in cheezon ko aisi haalat main dekh ke(which roughly means that it is heartbreaking looking at the articles in such a condition), But we are happy that we had found the belongings and are preserving it,” he said.