Famous Indian Lyricists & Songwriters

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A. R. Rahman
(One of the Most Famous Indian Film Composers)
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Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

A. R. Rahman is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Rahman is one of the most decorated and celebrated musicians in Indian history. He was won several prestigious awards including two Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award. In 2009, he was named among the 100 most influential people in Time.

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Sid Sriram
(Playback singer)
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Birthdate: May 19, 1990
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chennai district Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Born in Chennai, to a Carnatic music teacher mother, Sid Sriram later moved to the US with his family. The talented singer-songwriter is a Berklee College of Music alumnus and is known for his skills mixing pop/soul and Indian classical elements. His Indian playback credits include Adiye from the film Kadal.

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Yuvan Shankar Raja
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Birthdate: August 31, 1979
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chennai, India

Yuvan Shankar Raja is a music composer and singer-songwriter. He is credited with introducing hip-hop to the Tamil music industry and became one of the most sought-after Tamil composers in 2000s. In 2006, he won the Cyprus International Film Festival Award, becoming the first Indian composer to win the award. He has also won other awards like Filmfare Awards South.

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Andrea Jeremiah
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Birthdate: December 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Arakkonam, Ranipet district Ranippettai, Tamil Nadu, India

Andrea Jeremiah is an Indian actress, singer, voice-over artist, and musician who predominantly works in the Tamil film industry. Apart from playing lead roles in successful films, Jeremiah has also contributed to the soundtracks of popular albums. She is best known for her performance in the 2018 period gangster film Vada Chennai for which she won the Behindwoods Golden Medal.

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Gulzar
(Lyricist)
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Birthdate: August 18, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dina, Punjab

Famed Indian lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and film director Gulzar has been a major figure in Bollywood for over six decades. He started doing odd jobs as a teenager and eventually entered films, where he made a name for himself as a lyricist and screenwriter. He soon started directing films as well. He is the recipient of numerous prestigious awards.

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Javed Akhtar
(Screenwriter, poet, and lyricist known for his contributions to Indian music and Bollywood films)
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Birthdate: January 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior, Madhya Pradesh, India

Born into a family of Urdu poets from Gwalior, renowned Indian lyricist and poet Javed Akhtar had initially been a screenwriter, along with Salim Khan, for films such as Sholay and Deewaar. The Padma Shri and Padma Bhushan winner has also been a Rajya Sabha MP.

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Divine
(Rapper)
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Birthdate: October 2, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andheri, Mumbai, India

Divine is an Indian rapper who achieved popularity after releasing his song, Yeh Mera Bombay, in 2013. He has also contributed to the soundtracks of several Bollywood films like Mukkabaaz, Blackmail, and Gully Boy. Over the years, Divine has received prestigious awards like Filmfare Award and Global Indian Music Academy Award.

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Raftaar
(Rapper)
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Birthdate: March 7, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Thiruvananthapuram

Raftaar is an Indian rapper, TV personality, lyricist, dancer, and music composer. The recipient of a Brit Asia TV Music Award, Raftaar has contributed immensely to the soundtracks of several popular Bollywood films like Bullet Raja, Heropanti, and Dangal. He has also served as a judge on popular TV shows like Roadies, Dance India Dance, and MTV Hustle.

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Rahat Indori
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Birthdate: January 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: August 11, 2020

Urdu poet Rahat Indori had an illustrious and versatile career as a painter, a Bollywood lyricist, and a professor. A regular at poetry events such as Kavi Sammelan, he was known for his captivating couplets such as Kisi Ke Baap Ka Hindustan Thodi Hai. He died of COVID-19 in 2020.

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Sukanya
(Actress)
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Birthdate: July 8, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

Apart from being a talented Bharatnatyam dancer, Sukanya has also made her mark as an actor in South Indian films. She won a Filmfare for Best Supporting Actress for her role in the Malayalam film Innathe Chintha Vishayam. She has also appeared in series and has released two devotional albums.

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Na. Muthukumar
(Indian Poet and Lyricist Best Known for His Tamil Language Film Songs)
Na. Muthukumar
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Birthdate: July 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: August 14, 2016

Na. Muthukumar was an Indian poet, author, and lyricist who predominantly worked in the Tamil film industry. He is credited with writing several popular film songs and is widely regarded as one of the most successful lyricists of his generation. During his illustrious career, Muthukumar won several prestigious awards, including two National Film Awards for Best Lyrics.

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Sahir Ludhianvi
(Indian Poet and Film Song Lyricist Known for His Work in Hindi Films)
Sahir Ludhianvi
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Birthdate: March 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
Died: October 25, 1980

Sahir Ludhianvi was an Indian poet and film lyricist best remembered for his works written in the Hindi and Urdu languages. He wrote lyrics for a number of memorable Hindi film songs. He was a member of the Progressive Writers’ Movement. Sahir was a staunch secularist, and he did not practise any religion

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Irshad Kamil
(Poet, Writer, Lyricist, Songwriter)
Irshad Kamil
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Birthdate: September 5, 1971
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: India

Irshad Kamil is an Indian lyricist and poet best known for writing lyrics for songs in the Hindi film industry. Renowned for his work in films like Jab We Met, Raanjhanaa, and Aashiqui 2, Kamil is one of the most decorated Hindi lyricists of his generation. 

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Satinder Sartaaj
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Birthdate: August 31, 1982
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bajrawar, Hoshiarpur, Punjab, India

Punjabi folk and Sufi singer Satinder Pal Singh, better known as Satinder Sartaaj, not only boasts of a PhD in Sufi singing but has also created his own musical instrument, the Saaz-e-Sartaj. He also appeared as Maharaja Duleep Singh in the Hollywood film The Black Prince.

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Swanand Kirkire
(Author, Actor, Lyricist)
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Birthdate: April 29, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Indore, India
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Anand Bakshi
(Poet, Lyricist)
Anand Bakshi
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Birthdate: July 21, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Rawalpindi, Punjab, India
Died: March 30, 2002
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Salil Chowdhury
(Songwriter, Music Director)
Salil Chowdhury
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Birthdate: November 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: West Bengal, India
Died: September 5, 1995
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Labh Janjua
(Former Singer, songwriter best known for his bhangra and hip hop songs)
Labh Janjua
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Birthdate: 1957 AD
Birthplace: Punjab, India
Died: September 22, 2015
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Gopaldas Neeraj
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Birthdate: January 4, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Puravali, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: July 19, 2018
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Hasrat Jaipuri
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Birthdate: April 15, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
Died: September 17, 1999
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Sahana Bajpaie
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Birthdate: February 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santiniketan, West Bengal, India

Sahana Bajpaie is an Indian singer and songwriter best known as an exponent of Rabindra Sangeet, songs written and composed by Rabindranath Tagore. Apart from contributing as a playback singer in the Indian Bengali film industry, Sahana Bajpaie has also released several successful studio albums.

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Jaideep Sahni
(Screenwriter, Musician)
Jaideep Sahni
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Birthdate: 1968 AD
Birthplace: New Delhi
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P. Bhaskaran
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Birthdate: April 21, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kodungallur, Thrissur India
Died: February 25, 2007
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Shakeel Badayuni
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Birthdate: August 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Badaun, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: April 20, 1970
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Goreti Venkanna
(Poet and singer known for his works in Telugu literature.)
Goreti Venkanna
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Birthdate: April 4, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Telangana, India

Poet and lyricist Goreti Venkanna is best known for penning the song Palle Kanneeru Pedutundo from the film Kubusam. A cultural icon of Telangana, he was also part of the separatist activities that led to the formation of the Indian state. He was later nominated to the Telangana Legislative Council.

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Indeevar
(Lyricist)
Indeevar
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Birthdate: January 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jhansi, India
Died: February 27, 1997
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Akhlaq Mohammed Khan
(Lyricist, Poet)
Akhlaq Mohammed Khan
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Birthdate: June 16, 1936
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Aonla, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: February 13, 2012
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Jaya Ojha
(Actress)
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Birthplace: Sri Ganganagar, Rajasthan, India
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Anne Hills
(Singer)
Anne Hills
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Birthdate: October 18, 1953
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Moradabad, India

Anne Hills is an American singer and songwriter. She is credited with co-founding a record label named Hogeye Music. Over the course of her career, Anne Hills has collaborated with several prominent musicians and bands like Bob Gibson and Tom Paxton. In 2002, Anne Hills was honored by the World Folk Music Association with the prestigious Kate Wolf Memorial Award.

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Esther Eden
(Singer-songwriter)
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Birthdate: November 26, 1997
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Goa, India