Renowned Urdu poet Bashar Nawaz, who penned the popular song 'Karoge yaad to har baat yaad aayegi' in the Hindi film 'Bazaar', died today in Aurangabad in Maharashtra after a brief illness.
He was 79 and is survived by four sons and seven daughters.
Nawaz had earned an enviable position in modern Urdu poetry and was regarded as a poet with international fame.
Apart from 'Bazaar', he also wrote songs for the films 'Lori', 'Janewafa' and 'Tere Shahar Mein'.
Mohammad Rafi, Talat Aziz, melody queen Lata Mangeshkar, Asha Bhosle, Gulam Ali and Bhupendra, among others, had lent voice to his lyrics.
Born on August 18, 1935 at Aurangabad, Nawaz's writings were regularly published in various Urdu literary journals.
Initially he was influenced by the Leftist movement which reflected in his poems. He also wrote radio dramas and scripted the television serial 'Amir Khusrau'.
He had also been a municipal councillor in Aurangabad in the 1950s.
The poet was buried at the Panchkuwan cemetery in Aurangabad after Namaz-e-Janaja was offered at Jama Masjid this evening.