Noted Hindi film lyricist, Nandram Das Bairagi, popularly known as Balkavi Bairagi, died in his sleep today evening, his son said.
Bairagi, a Lok Sabha member between 1984 and 1989 and also a former Rajya Sabha MP, was 87.
"He went to sleep after coming back from a function in the afternoon. He did not wake up," his son, Gorki, told PTI.
He wrote several Hindi poems, among which, "Jhar gaye paat, bisar gayi tehni" is considered a gem by many Hindi poets.
"He was given the name Balkavi as he wrote some classic poems in his childhood," veteran journalist CK Naidu said.
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