Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad releases CD album of a collection of Gopaldas Neeraj’s songs, sung by top IPS officer Alok Raj.
DS Bureau | New delhi
It was a befitting tribute to the immortal songs penned by the late poet Neeraj. The occasion was release of the CD album of a collection of Gopaldas Neeraj’s poems and songs, sung by Bihar’s ADGP (Law and Order) Alok Raj, titled Neeraj Key Geet by Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at the Constitutional Club in New Delhi, along with several dignitaries attending an impressive event here on Saturday.
Former Union Minister Subodh Kant Sahay, MP Rajiv Shukla and the Chairman of the Press Council of India CK Prasad attended the event.
For Alok Raj, who had sung these songs and had plans to get the album released by the great poet himself, the sudden death of Neeraj had come as a great blow. The event was a real tribute to the Neeraj who made penned several songs for hit Bollywood films,
When India attained Independence, the great poet had said, the sky shall dance to the tunes composed by the earth. “…Jab dharti naghmey gayegee… woh subah kabhi to aayegee.”
Neeraj was more than just a poet who wrote songs, or just a patriot who wished to see his nation prosper or just a man who had been conferred the honor of Padam Bhushan. He was a firm believer in the equality of humankind, in freedom and in democracy and his contribution to the film world and Hindi literature and poetry has been enormous.
In fact his contribution had made him immortal. As Alok Raj so aptly put it,” … Jitna kam samaan rahega.. utna safar aasaan rahega…Neeraj to kal yahan na hoga.. uska geet vidhan rahega.”
The songs sung by this senior police officer transport you to another world and force you to close your eyes and see. And what do you see? You see exactly what Alok Raj in his tribute to the late poet wants you to see. You see and hear Neeraj in all his glory and all his power.
Neeraj is no more but as long as he will have admirers like Alok Raj, he will always be there, always around to inspire others who wish to follow in his footsteps. Always be there to entertain and always be there to share his special kind of patriotism and love for his art form with others who wish to partake in it.
As Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said, he had scheduled his programme to attend this function in the hope that he would get to meet Neeraj. However, now it would be possible to meet Neeraj only though his verse and his songs as God had willed otherwise.
Addressing the gathering, Prasad said the work of Neeraj needs to be preserved and promoted properly on a digital platform. MP Rajiv Shukla echoed the sentiment.