Lyricist Maya Govind Passes Away After Prolonged Illness

Veteran lyricist Maya Govind passed away this morning (April 7) at her residence in Mumbai.

Veteran lyricist and poet Maya Govind passed away this morning (April 7) at her residence in Mumbai. She was 82 and was undergoing treatment for a brain clot for the past four months. Maya Govind was known for working on various Bollywood films. She had a prolonged illness and was undergoing treatment at a hospital in Mumbai.

Her son Ajay told in an interview, “She died in her sleep at home this morning, around 9.30 am. She had blood clots in her brain and had other health issues like a urine infection.” Ajay further shared that his mother was not keeping well for a few months. He said, “She was hospitalized twice, once in December last year, and then in January this year.”

Maya Govind hailed from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh. She was married to late writer-director Ram Govind. She has been writing lyrics for Hindi films since 1972 and has written lyrics for more than 350 songs. Some famous works of hers are songs in films like Aarop, Jalte Badan, Sawan Ko Aane Do, Takkar, Pighalta Aasman, Daman, Main Khiladi Tu Anari, Dalaal, Gaj Gamini, Ganga Ki Kasam, Razia Sultan, Yarana, Janta Ki Adalat, Hum Tumhare Hain Sanam among others. Among these, some of the famous songs penned by her are ‘Aankhon Mein Base Ho Tum’, ‘Main Khiladi Tu Anari’, ‘More Ghar Aaye Sajanwa’, ‘Gutur gutur‘. Maya Govind is also credited for writing the title songs of the TV shows Kismat and Maayka. 

In 1970, she was awarded the “Best Actress” award by Sangeet Natak Academy for her memorable performance as Venare Bai in the famous stage play ‘Khamosh! Adalat Jari Hai’ by playwright Vijay Tendulkar.

-Staff Reporter



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