In line with India's rich heritage of harmony, tolerance and co-existence, 93-year-old, doyen of Hindi poetry and lyricist, Gopal Das Neeraj, who passed away on Thursday 19 July 2018 at AIIMS, New Delhi had donated his body for research to AMU’s Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC).
Kavi Neeraj’s body was brought to his home at Janakpuri yesterday for people to pay their last homage, soon after the formalities of Gopal Das Neeraj’s last visit are done the body of Gopal Das Neeraj will be handed over to the authorities of anatomy Jawaharlal Nehru Medical College (JNMC) as per the press release shared by Aligarh Muslim University’s Public Relations Office.
In 2016, the noted poet pledged his body to AMU. Kundanika Sharma, his daughter, said the family will hand over Neeraj's cadaver to JNMC today to fulfil his wish
Before him, noted Hindi critic, Professor K P Singh had also donated his body to JNMC.
Expressing his condolences on Neeraj's demise, AMU Vice Chancellor, Professor Tariq Mansoor said that he is deeply saddened by the poet's sudden demise and moved by his noble gesture of donating his body to the University's Medical College. The Vice Chancellor added that Neeraj's death has left a void, which will never be filled.
Born on January 4, 1925 in Uttar Pradesh's Etawah, Neeraj wrote several hit Hindi film songs like ‘Karva Guzar Gaya, Rangeela Re, Shokhiyon Mein Ghola Jaye etc.. till 70’s and was at the peak of his career when he gave it all up for a quiet life in Aligarh. He continued to be a popular fixture at Kavi Sammelans (poetry meets), winning hearts and applause with his simple and affable style. He also wrote some Ghazals with focus on harmony. Neeraj was awarded Padma Shri in 1991 and Padma Bhushan in 2007.
He is survived by three sons and a daughter.
(with inputs by S Abid)