biography of urdu poet-nida fazli

Muqtida Hasan ‘Nida Fazli’ was born in Delhi. He was educated in Gwalior. His father was an Urdu poet. During the Partition of India his parents migrated to Pakistan but Nida Fazli decided to stay in India. Nida Fazli disagrees with the partition of India and has spoken out against the communal riots, politicians and fundamentalism. During the riots of December 1992 he had to take shelter in his friend's house due to security concerns.

In his teens, the young Nida Fazli was impressed by a bhajan singer. It is said that once when he passed a Hindu temple he heard a bhajan of ‘Surdas’ about ‘Radha’ sharing her sorrow with her maids at being separated from her beloved ‘Krishna’. The‘Bhajan’ of ‘Surdas’ inspired Nida to begin writing poems.

He was fascinated by the lyrical mood of ‘Meera’ and ‘Kabir’ and widened his knowledge of poetry by studying T.S. Eliot, Gogol, Anton Chekhov and Takasaki. He absorbed the essence of “Mir” and “Ghalib” to express what he intended.

Nida Fazli came to Mumbai in search of a job in 1964. In the early days of his career, he wrote in ‘Dharmayug’ and ‘Blitz’ dialects. His poetic style attracted the notice of filmmakers and writers of Hindi and Urdu literature. Nida Fazli became known among readers and ghazal singers for his elegant presentation and exclusive use of colloquial language for ‘Ghazals’, ‘Dohas’ and ‘Nazms’, avoiding Persian compound words to simplify his poetry.

In his book “Mulaqatein”, he wrote essays critical of contemporary poets of the sixties, which outraged poets including ‘Sahir Ludhianvi’, ‘Ali Sardar Jafri’ and ‘Kaifi Azmi’. As a result he was boycotted in some poetic sessions.

His career improved when ‘Kamal Amrohi’, a filmmaker, approached him for working in the film ‘Razia Sultan’ (1983), because the original songwriter ‘Jan Nisar Akhtar’ had died before completing this film. Nida wrote the final two songs and attracted the notice of other Hindi filmmakers

His lyrics were also used in’ Aap To Aise Na The’, ‘Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin’ (1996) and ‘Gudiya’. He wrote title songs of TV serials like "Sailaab", "Neem Ka Ped", "Jaane Kya Baat Hui" and "Jyoti". The composition "Koi Akela Kahan" is another popular composition sung by Kavita Krishnamurthy. His ghazals and other compositions are sung by notable artists of the day. He teamed up with Jagjeet Singh in 1994 to bring an album named Insight which got appreciation for its soulful poetry and music.

He published his first collection of Urdu poetry in 1969. He has 24 books to his credit in Urdu, Hindi and Gujrati, some of which are assigned as school textbooks in Maharashtra. His best known works are: “Mor Naach”, “Ham Qadam”, and “Safar Me Dhoop To Hogi”.

He has been honored with the “National Harmony Award” for writing on communal harmony. He received the “Mir Taqi Mir Award” for his autobiographical novel, ‘Deewaron Ke Beech’ from the Government of M.P.

Poem collections

“Lafzon Ke Phool” ,“Mor Naach”,“Aankh Aur Khwab Ke Darmiyaan”,“Safar Mein Dhoop To Hogi” ,“Khoya Hua Sa Kuch”


“Sahitya Akademi Award” -1998
“Star Screen Award” For Best Lyricist For Sur -2003
“Bollywood Movie Award” - Best Lyricist For ‘Aa Bhi Ja’ For Sur -2003

Films With His Lyrics

“Razia Sultan”, ”Sur-The Melody Of Life”, “Is Raat Ki Subah Nahin”, “Aap To Aise Na The”, “Yatra”, “Sarfarosh”


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