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The forgotten lyricist of 70’s “Santosh Anand”

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  • The legendary writer.
  • Who is Santosh Anand?
  • Awards and recognition.

Santosh Anand“, the legendary writer of famous songs like “Ek Pyar ka naghma hai”, “Main na bhulunga”, “Yeh Galiyan Yeh Chaubara”, “Megha Re Megha Re”, “Muhabbat Hai Kya Cheez” and many more evergreen songs recently appeared on “Indian Idol” and “Wah wah kya bat hai?” tv reality shows. He has penned a total of 109 songs in 26 films.

His heartbreaking story moved everyone to tears, including one of the judges on the show Neha Kakkar. It was such an emotional moment for the people on the stage or even the viewers at home. Almost everyone was in tears while listening to the legendry “Santosh Anand”.

Later, Bollywood actress Naghma tweeted “So touched to See Santosh Anand Ji lyricists on Indian idol he wrote “Ek Pyar ka Nagma hai “ his Son daughter in Law committed suicide. Said his son was born after 10yrs of Mannat. He says Hosla nahin tuta hai tang tuti hai. Pls never forget this song of his keep him alive always”.

Who is Santosh Anand?

Santosh Anand is an Indian legendry lyricist who attained success in the 1970s with his evergreen songs. He was born in the town of Sikandrabad District Bulandshahr on 5th March 1939. He began his career in 1970 with the film Purab Aur Paschim. This film’s soundtrack was composed by Kalyanji-Anandji. He wrote his favorite song “Ek Pyar Ka Naghma Hai” in the 1972 film Shor. It was composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal and sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. He provided lyrics for the 1974 film Roti Kapda Aur Makaan, also composed by Laxmikant-Pyarelal. Its song included “Aur Nahin Bas Aur Nahin” sung by Mahendra Kapoor, and the duet “Main Na Bhoolunga” sung by Mukesh and Lata Mangeshkar. 

He has been honored with Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist twice in 1974 for “Main Na Bhoolunga (Roti Kapada Aur Makaan)” and 1982 for “Muhabbat Hai Kya Cheez (Prem Rog Song name)“. He has also been awarded the Yash Bharti Award in 2016.

Recently he has appeared on “Indian Idol” and a snippet from long back when he appeared on “Wah wah kya bat hai?”

Indian Idol

Wah wah kya bat hai?

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