Majrooh Sultanpuri – A Doctor Who Became Poet
Main akela hee chala tha janibe manzil magar,
Log saath aate gaye aur carvan banta gaya
Manzil Mil Hi Jayegi
Bhatakte Hi Sahi,
Gumrah Toh Woh Hain,
Jo Ghar Se Nikalte Hi Nahin!
One of the most quoted verses of Urdu poetry were written by Majrooh Sultanpuri. In his career spanning six decades, he worked with music directors ranging from Naushad to A.R. Rehman. Majrooh Sultanpuri was born as Asrar ul Hassan Khan in Sultanpur, UP on 1st Oct, 1919. He had Madrasa education at a young age and obtained the qualification of Dars-e-Nizami – a seven year course about religious affairs along with proficiency in Arabic and Persian, and then the certificate of Alim. After that he joined Lucknow’s Takmeel-ut-Tib College of Unani and became a Hakim. He recited one of his ghazals at a mushaira in Sultanpur. The ghazal stuck the chords with the audience and Majrooh decided to drop his fledgling medical practice and began writing poetry seriously.
Here are some of his notable hits.