August 8, 2013 02:21:05 PM IST By Mansoor Khan, Glamsham Editorial
Dekh tere sansar ki halat kya hogayee bhagwan...
It's paradoxical but tragically true! As our nation celebrates its 66 years of independence, our country's situation is very much the same (or shall we say even worse) as the great poet Kavi Pradeep had expressed in his soulful cry in the above lyric which he wrote decades ago, when the nation had turned near atheist. Note the heart rendering words.... Ram ke bhakt rahimke bande,
rachte aaj fareb ke dhande...
Aren't the words apt, even in today's context looking at the current corruption and umpteen scams?
That's the magic of the words of Kavi Pradeep who also penned the touching admonition - 'Aye mere watan ke logon' which immortalized him and established him as Nation's Star Poet'.
Kavi Pradeep was the poet of the common man on street whose heart bled for them as he penned some of the tour de force lyrics on humanism and patriotism ever written in the annals of Indian cinema. He never let his soul sell, even though he had to pay a 'high price' for his virtues. While his contemporaries enjoyed a luxuries life styles, Pradeep lived a middle class life, despite being labeled as 'Nation's Star Poet'!
Kavi Pradeep's real name was Ramchandra Narayanji Dwivedi. He was born on Feb 6, 1915 in Badnagar, Madhya Pradesh. Kavi Pradeep was spotted by filmmaker Himanshu Roy, of Bomay Talkies in a 'kavi sameelan'. Himanshu Roy offered him KANGAN (1939) staring Devika Rani and Ashok Kumar in which he wrote love songs but in his next movie BANDHAN (1940) he displayed his mastery over patriotic songs. Remember the hit song 'Chal Chal Re Naujawan...' The song is still a hit during national events. Further with 'Dur hato aye duniya walo... (KISMAT) and 'Aao bachchon tumhen dikhaaen jhaankii hindustaan kii ( JAGRUTI) he was acknowledged as a 'Super-Patriot'.
Though Kavi Pradeep, remains nation's Pride, he didn't really got the lion's share of popularity, except the Dadasaheb Phalke Award, which, too, he received towards the dusk of his career! He died on 11 December 1998.