Legend Sanjay Leela Bhansali says Urdu poet and lyricist Jaswant Rai Sharma, known to the world by his pen name Naqsh Lyallpuri, was the least recognised poetic genius among all the great poets who wrote during the golden era of film music. He unfortunately passed away on Jan 22.
Remembering Lyallpuri, Bhansali said: "Among all the great poets who wrote during the golden era of film music when Rafi Saab, Kishore Kumar, Manna Dey, Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar sang, Naqsh Lyallpuri was the least recognised poetic genius."
He also got to know that the poet composed a lot of the famous ghazals which he wasn’t aware of before.
"In fact, I rank 'Rasm-e-ulfat' sung by Lata Mangeshkar as one of the greatest ghazals of all times. Naqsh ji's words were taken to sublime heights by Lata ji's singing. It is time we celebrated the artistry of this amazing wordsmith. We should have done it while he was still alive."
He expressed that such artists are timeless and never die.
"And it's never too late to acknowledge the genius of a poet so skilled and accomplished. He could express the deepest thoughts in the most clear concise and poetic words. I'd have loved to work with him."