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Swanand Kirkire

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Swanand Kirkire (born 1970) is an Indian lyricist, playback singer, writer, also a television serial writer, assistant director, dialogue writer, both in television and Hindi films.

Swanand Kirkire was born and brought up at Rambagh in Indore-based Marathi speaking family to Chintamani (father) and Neelambari (mother), both of whom are classical singers. However he has no formal training in singing. He moved to Delhi after doing his graduation in commerce. In 1996, Swanand graduated from National School of Drama and started doing theater.

The first try came with direction when Swanand wrote and directed a play on freedom fighter Bhagat Singh in New Delhi. During his theatre days, he learnt that Manju Singh, a television serial producer, was looking for a writer for his serial Swaraj, also on Bhagat Singh. He went to Mumbai, and had an apartment in Warden Road. When the serial ended, he gave up his apartment and settled down in Goregaon, a Mumbai suburb.

Swanand was later introduced to filmmaker Pankaj Parashar, who in turn, introduced him to director Sudhir Mishra. Mishra was doing a serial called Talash, with his assistant Ruchi Narain. He started assisting Sudhir while he was making Calcutta Mail and then it continued with Chameli and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi.

Swanand had written a song during his theatre days…Bawra mann dekhne chala ek sapna, Sudhir Mishra heard the song and decided to use it in his film Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Music composer Shantanu Moitra decided to record it in Swanand’s voice. Music was out and it became instant hit.

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