Shailendra (lyricist)

Shailendra (Hindi: शैलेन्द्र, Sailendra, born August 30, 1923 in Rawalpindi, Punjab, † December 14, 1966 in Bombay, Maharashtra ) was an Indian lyricist of the Hindi film. He wrote in the languages ​​of Hindi and Urdu and is particularly known for his work for films of actor and director Raj Kapoor.


Shailendra was the eldest of four sons under the name Shankardas Kesrilal. He spent his childhood in Mathura. As an employee of the Indian Railways in 1947, he came to Bombay. He was in the local drama group of the Indian People 's Theatre Association ( IPTA ) is active, where Raj Kapoor became aware of the poetically gifted young man. Shailendra wrote the lyrics to Barsat My Tum Se Mile Hum Sajan ..., the title track from the Raj Kapoor film Barsaat ( 1949), his first contribution to a film. The film's success led to a long-standing collaboration with Kapoor and Shankar - Jaikishan and the Komponistenduo the lyricist Hasrat Jaipuri.

Shailendra wrote lyrics for about 170 films, including compositions by Salil Choudhury for Sachin Dev Burman and who found partly posthumously use. He was a member of the Progressive Writers' Association. 1966, shortly before his death, he produced the film Teesri Kasam with Raj Kapoor and Waheeda Rehman in the lead roles.


Shailendra won three Filmfare Awards for Best Lyricist:

Filmography (selection)