Shakeel Badayuni being remembered today

KARACHI: Renowned poetic talent Shakeel Badayuni is being remembered on his death anniversary today (Friday) Shakeel Badayuni was born on August 3, 1916 in Badayun, Uttar Pradesh. He was an accomplished Urdu poet, lyricist and songwriter of the 1950s and 1960s. Shakeel moved to Bombay in 1944 to write songs for films. He met film producer A.R. Kardar and music composer Naushad, who asked him to sum up his poetic skills in one line.  Together, he and Naushad became one of the most sought after composer/lyricist duos in the industry.  Although Badayuni worked most extensively with Naushad, he also collaborated with Ravi and Hemant Kumar as well and wrote over 600 films songs in classics like Aan, Mother India, Mughal-e-Azam, Ganga Jumna, Mere Mehboob, Sahab Bibi Aur Ghulam and Ram Aur Shyam.  Apart from film songs, Shakeel also wrote many all time great ghazals which are still given voice by singers like Talat Mehmood and Begum Akhtar.  Shakeel Badayuni succumbed to diabetes complications at the age of 53 on April 20, 1970.