Photo Courtesy: Dalip
in Srinagar (Kashmir) on 5th November,1957, Subhash
Premi is the son of well-known Kashmiri writer Late
Pt. Prem Nath Premi
who baptized him into the world of Art and Literature. Though he did not study
Hindi beyond 8th Standard, he adopted this (National) language as the medium
of his expression. Soon he became a sought-after Hindi lyricist – a
rare breed in the valley. A number of his lyrics were picturised / telecast by
Doordarshan Kendra, Srinagar. In fact, his very first lyric for this TV Centre
"SHANKAR TERE NAAM HAZAAR" became immensely popular and
found its way to the archives of the centre. Well-known artistes of the valley
and outside including Rajinder Kachroo, Vijay Malla, Kailash Mehra, Pandita
brothers - Dr. Vinod and Dr. Ashwani, Pankaj Jeswani, S. Sanyal, Nishikant
Bali (Canada) have rendered their melodious voices to the simple, sweet
and lilting lyrics penned by Sh. Premi under the pen-name of "Suman".
An enthusiastic and zealous worker for the propagation of Hindi literature in
the valley, he became the youngest ever General Secretary of KASHMIR
HINDI SAHITYA SAMMELAN – a pioneer organization of the valley in the
field of Hindi literature, at the age of 17. In 1983, he migrated to
Faridabad (near Delhi) where he gained popularity in the field of Hindi-ghazal.
Most of his poems got published in reputed magazines, newspapers and
poetry-collections. Besides, a number of his poems were broadcast by different
stations of All India Radio. He has also edited several magazines/
Among his other interests – he has a passion for music, especially for
percussion or rhythm instruments. As a member of the orchestra conducted
by the legendary musician Pt. Bhajan Sopori (for Radio-Kashmir ), he is
credited with the introduction of Congo Drums in Kashmiri music.
This passion for music stood him in good stead while writing songs which
delighted music composers for sheer lyrical quality.
In addition to this, Subhash Premi is immensely popular as a stage/TV
compere. He has anchored/acted in quite a few documentary/feature
presentations telecast by DD KASHIR (Kashmiri Channel promoted by Doordarshan
and Ministry of Home Affairs - GOI), which includes the mantle of Anchor/Lead
Actor/Lyricist and researcher for the serialized Docu–Drama “Yi Chhu Myon
Wattan, Nund-Bon Wattan”, one of the most repeatedly telecast documentary
serials of this Channel.