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There is no one who does not love music. Everyone has a unique playlist that fills their senses, thrills their thoughts, and chills their vibe. That is how everyone finds an individual connection with music. In India, Bollywood keeps the nation's soul alive with its enthralling musical pieces. Each movie carries an album with that one song, which becomes a nationwide sensation. Every Music Production Company tries to deliver a chart-topper track with each album, bringing onboard top singers and composers to make a unique track. While many dynamic singers render their soulful voices to these tracks, some songs specialize in our hearts for the lyrics. They happen to express our feelings better than we can comprehend. Some songs gain recognition for their meaningful lyrics and then are reproduced in different versions, unplugged, acoustic, remixes, etc. With every New Song Composition, these songwriters strung our hearts with their magical poetry, rendering not just a song but a feeling altogether new. Giving an ode to all those bright and benevolent minds who stitch words together that spiral our emotions, in this blog, we will take a look at some of the best lyricists/songwriters of India in 2022.
There is something so insanely beautiful and magical about Gulzar’s lyrics. His poems affect you to pause and think about his words for some time. You may not be finding a music lover like you, but you will undoubtedly find someone humming along with the lyrics of one of Gulzar’s songs in the deep dingy corner of the metro train or on the foot of that old library wrack of dusted books. Sampooran Singh Kalra, with a pen name Gulzar, has a remarkable career spanning as a lyricist, poet, author, screenwriter, and director for over three decades. He has won 5 Indian National Film Awards, 22 Filmfare Awards, one Academy Award, and one Grammy Award for the track ‘Jai Ho’ from the movie ‘Slumdog Millionaire,’ the Sahitya Akademi, the Padma Bhushan, and the Dadasaheb Phalke Award. If you have not yet explored Gulzar’s poetry, listen to some of his best songs like ‘Tujhse Naraz Nahi Zindagi’ from the movie Masoom (1983), ‘Tere Bina Zindagi Se’ from the movie Aandhi (1975), or ‘Dil Toh Baccha Hai’ from the movie Ishqiya (2008).
If you are someone romantic to the core, you must have your playlist of some of Bollywood’s most soulful romantic tracks, and if you look just a little closer, you will find his name in every second song you love. Irshad Kamil is one of the best poets and lyricists in India. A career-spanning around two decades, he has adorned movie albums like Jab We Met, Love Aaj Kal, Rockstar, Aashiqui 2, Raanjhanaa, Highway, Tamasha, and Harry Met Sejal, and several others. Moreover, Irshad Ji has rendered some of the most iconic romantic tracks of Bollywood that you undoubtedly have heard, like, ‘Agar Tum Saath Ho from the movie Tamasha (2015), ‘Sadda Haq’ from the crowd favorite movie album Rockstar (2011), ‘Aaj Dinn Chadheya’ from the movie Love Aaj Kal (2009).
The next in the line is Muntashir Ji, who has delivered some of the latest Bollywood sensational tracks like "Galliyan" from the movie Ek Villain (2014), "Tere Sang Yaara" from the movie Rustom (2016), "Kaun Tujhe" from the biopic MS Dhoni: The Untold Story (2016), "Dil Meri Na Sune" from the movie Genius (2018), "Phir Bhi Tumko Chaahunga" from the Chetan Bhagat authorship turned movie Half Girlfriend (2017) and "Teri Mitti" from the historical drama Kesari (2019). He is also the highest-paid songwriter in India. He has won awards like 2 IIFA Awards for the track “Galliyan’ and “Mere Rashke Qamar,” Star Guild Award, Radio Mirchi Music Award, 2 Indian Icon Film Awards, Mirchi Music Award, and Yash Bharti Award. He has also written scripts for television shows like Indian Idol Junior and India’s Got Talent. Interestingly he also wrote the Hindi dialogues for the Southern blockbuster movie Baahubali 2 (2017), dubbing the words in Hindi to match the lip movements spoken in Telugu. Later, he did the same for the Marvel movie Black Panther (2018).
Brightening the idea of the inclination of Bengal in the music industry, next in the lineup of best songwriters in India is Amitabh Bhattacharya. He shot to fame with the riveting movie Dev.D, with the track “Emotional Atyachaar,” which was an instant hit. You may not know this, but he sang the song under the name "Band Master Rangeela And Rasila." If you are a fan of music composition by Amit Trivedi, then you must know that almost all of his tracks are written by Bhattacharya because of their strong bond. No wonder why their tracks are such chart hits; the fantastic music of Amit Trivedi with the powerful and quirky lyrics of Amitabh makes them an unreckoned duo. National Award-winning lyricist has won the National Award for the song "Agar Zindagi" from the film I Am (2010). He won his first Filmfare award for the song "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin" from the movie Agneepath in 2012. In his dynamic career, he has won the highest number of awards, precisely 9, for the song "Channa Mereya" from the movie Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (2016) to date. Some of his other tracks that you will love singing along to in your karaoke sessions are "Khairiyat Poochho," "Channa Mereya," "Ae Dil Hai Mushkil," "Bulleya," "Kabira," "Balam Pichkari," "Badtameez Dil," "Mast Magan," "Raabta," "Zehnaseeb," "Abhi Mujh Mein Kahin," "Naina," "Manja," "Janam Janam," "Zinda Hoon," "Gerua," "Zaalima," "Sapna Jahan," "Sweetheart," "Namo Namo" etc.
A lyricist, playback singer, writer, and actor, Swanand Kirkire has delivered multiple magnanimous tracks to Bollywood. An alumnus of the National School of Drama, Mr. Kirkire has won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for the song "Bande Me Tha Dum...Vande Mataram" from the film Lage Raho Munna Bhai (2006), and then in 2009, for the song "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" from the film 3 Idiots. He has also received a Filmfare Award nomination for Best Lyrics for the song "Piyu Bole" in Parineeta (2005). This soft ballad is a crowd favorite and perfect for a duet karaoke performance. In 2018, at the 66th National Film Awards, he won the National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for the Marathi film Chumbak.
These prolific songwriters have given us some of the most beautiful and meaningful tracks of all time. With their lyrics, our emotions have found their thought, and the thought has found words. Thanks to these brilliant writers, we have a karaoke song for every emotion and feeling we can sing along to. If you wish to give your unique voice to these milestone songs written, explore our karaoke world at Hindi Karaoke Shop, where you get your favorite tracks and a lot more at the highest audio quality and the most affordable price. So what is stopping you? Visit our website today.