Amit Trivedi

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Amit Trivedi
Amit Trivedi at QUEEN success party.jpg
Trivedi at the success party for Queen, 2014
Background information
Born (1979-07-11) 11 July 1979 (age 35)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Genres Soundtrack, Indian Film Music, Indie-pop
Occupation(s) Composer, record producer, singer, instrumentalist, lyricist
Years active 2001–present

Amit Trivedi is an Indian film composer, musician, singer and lyricist, working in Bollywood. After working as a theatre and jingle composer and composing for non-film albums, he debuted as a film composer in the 2008 Hindi film Aamir,[1] and shot to fame in the Hindi film music scene with his critically acclaimed work in the more popular Dev.D (2009),[2][3] which earned him several accolades, including the 2010 National Film Award for Best Music Direction for Dev.D.

Early life[edit]

Trivedi was born in Bandra, Mumbai in India. His native town is Ahmedabad, Gujarat.[4]


In his younger days, an electronic musical instrument fascinated Trivedi and he was slowly drawn towards music, mainly influenced by classical music. At 19–20, he began composing music. In college days joined the band Om, who performed at local gigs, small shows and live performances. They struck gold when Times Music took notice at one of their shows, and offered to launch their album. The album however did not fare well, due to lack of promotion.[5] Eventually Trivedi went on to compose for theatre (Hindi, English and Gujarati plays), background music for television shows, live performances, dandiya shows, orchestras etc. He also had a brief stint composing advertisement jingles, for brands such as McDonalds and Airtel.[6] After sound engineer and Audio Garage Recording Studio owner Arvind Vishwakarma introduced Trivedi to Sony BMG, he began composing music for non-film albums. As a part of his two-year contract, Trivedi composed some tracks for Abhijeet Sawant's Junoon and one song in Prashant Tamang's debut album.He arranged for many musician including Amartya Rahut for a marathi movie Uttarayan in 2004.

Film music eventually came his way, when friend and playback singer Shilpa Rao suggested his name to film director Anurag Kashyap. The latter was in search of a new composer with a distinct vision for his next film. After meeting Trivedi, Kashyap offered him the chance to compose the soundtrack to Dev.D. Although it was scheduled to be his debut, Dev.D ran into production delays and was shelved for some time.Dev D's music got critical acclaimation

Upon Kashyap's recommendation, Trivedi was roped in to score Raj Kumar Gupta's directorial venture Aamir. Trivedi and Gupta worked on making the soundtrack fuse with the film narrative, resulting in an effort that garnered critical recognition.[7][8]

By the end of 2008, Dev.D was finally released. The soundtrack, released in December, consisted of 18 tracks of different genres. Trivedi dubbed the soundtrack the "baap of different genres". He sang five songs on the soundtrack, and wrote the lyrics for one ("Aankh Micholi"). He shot to fame with the unusual music of Dev. D, giving many chart-busters like "Emosanal Attyachar", "Saali Khushi", "O Pardesi" and many more. He was conferred with both the R. D. Burman Award and the Best Background Score at the Filmfare Awards 2010,[9] before receiving the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, the highest recognition for Indian composers. Trivedi wrote the score for the 2009 Hindi Film, Wake Up Sid and one of his compositions "Iktaara" was also included in the soundtrack. In 2009 itself, Trivedi was roped in by Anshu Sharma to compose the team anthem "Game for More" for Royal Challengers Bangalore, a team owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Between scoring for films, Trivedi also wrote the title track for the reality show Big Switch aired on UTV Bindaas.

Music characteristics[edit]

Music provided by Amit Trivedi has always been different in tone & perspective. He has often collaborated with lyricist Amitabh Bhattacharya who is known for his profound control of Hindi and Urdu as well as various folk languages. He often sings various of his compositions and is known for his distinct edgy/rustic voice. In one of his interviews, he stated that he never received formal training in singing and sings what sounds good to him. Trivedi's music has a refined sense of instrumentation and follows a more varied range of orchestrated music. He often experiments with his music style changing aspects of the musical tune simultaneously in order to establish a different phase of soundtrack genre.


Year Title(Movie/Album/Tv shows) Other Notes
2007 Junoon Non-film album, 4 songs
2008 F4 – Tu To Na Aayi Non-film album (for Indian Idol F4 band)
2008 Aamir
2008 Anthiponvettam (Malayalam) One song (Aaja Sajna)[10]
2009 Dev D Winner, National Film Award for Best Music Direction
Winner, Filmfare RD Burman Award for New Music Talent[11]
Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Background Score[11]
Winner, Star Screen Award for Best Background Music[12]
Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director[13]
Nominated, Stardust Awards for Standout Performance by a Music Director[14]
Nominated, Stardust Awards for New Musical Sensation – Male[14]
2009 Wake Up Sid Background score + 1 song (Iktaara)
Winner, Airtel Mirchi Music Award for Listeners' Choice – Best Song of the Year[15]
Winner, Global Indian Music Awards – Best Film Song (Iktaara)[16]
Nominated, Global Indian Music Awards – Best Background Score[17]
2010 Striker 1 song (Bombay Bombay)
2010 Admissions Open
2010 Udaan Winner, Filmfare Award for Best Background Score[18]
Winner, Best Soundtrack Award at Giffoni Film Festival[19]
Winner, Global Indian Film & Television Honors Best Background Score Award[20]
Nominated, Star Screen Award for Best Background Music[21]
2010 Aisha Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Background Score[18]
Nominated, Stardust Awards for Standout Performance by a Music Director[22]
Nominated, Stardust Awards for New Musical Sensation – Male[22]
2011 No One Killed Jessica
2011 Chillar Party CK International award Presented by the young Entrepreneur Mr. CK Sharma
2011 Trishna
2012 Ishaqzaade Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
Nominated, Screen Award for Best Music Director
Nominated, BIG Star Most Entertaining Music
Nominated, Pareshaan song for BIG Star Most Entertaining Song
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu
2012 Coke Studio (Season 2,Episode 3)
2012 English Vinglish Nominated, Screen Award for Best Background Music
2012 Aiyyaa
2012 Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana
2012 Pehla Sitara
2013 Kai Po Che! CK International Award, Presented by Mr.CK Sharma.
2013 Bombay Talkies
2013 Ghanchakkar
2013 Lootera Nominated, Filmfare Award for Best Music Director
2013 Coke Studio (Season 3,Episode 6)
2014 Queen
2014 MTV Unplugged (Season 4,Episode 1)
2015 Shaandar
2015 Bombay Velvet Post-production
2015 Bhavesh Joshi Pre-production
2015 Milan Talkies Pre-production

Popular Songs[edit]

Year Title Singer Other Notes
2007 Tera Bina Abhijeet Sawant Non Film
2008 Ha Raham Murtuza-Qadir, Amitabh and Amit Trivedi Featured in Aamir (2008) Film
2008 Pardesi Tochi Raina Featured in Dev.D (2008) Film

Live performance[edit]

Amit Trivedi did his first live concert at Mood Indigo (IIT Bombay's annual cultural festival), on 23 December 2010. The concert also witnessed Tochi Raina, Amitabh Bhattacharya, Kavita Seth, Nikhil D'Souza, Raja Hasan, Aditi Singh Sharma and Shriram Iyer performing with him. There was a Coke Studio concert at IIM Bangalore on 22 November 2013, featuring Amit Trivedi along with Tochi Raina, Shriram Iyer, Tanvi Shah, Mili Nair, Jaggi.



  1. ^ Why we should applaud Aamir by Raja Sen,, 5 June 2008.
  2. ^ "Dev.D – music review by Amanda Sodhi". Planet Bollywood. 28 December 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  3. ^ Amit Trivedi’s music in Dev D derives from his musical journey The Indian Express, 21 January 2009.
  4. ^ "My wife handles my money and madness both very well: Amit Trivedi". The Times of India. 2 March 2014. Retrieved 3 March 2014. 
  5. ^ "Amit Trivedi – 'I don't believe stars are needed to make the music a hit' | Editorial-Just Talk". 14 January 2010. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  6. ^ "Making music, from Aamir to Dev D". 31 December 2004. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  7. ^ "Aamir : Music Review by Joginder Tuteja". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Aamir – music review by Gianysh Toolsee". Planet Bollywood. 25 May 2008. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  9. ^ Amit Trivedi's Interview where he reveals the identity of Rangila and Rasila
  10. ^ "A moral tale that fails to inspire Film Review". The Hindu (Chennai, India). 29 February 2008. 
  11. ^ a b "3 Idiots Dev-D top-winners at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. 28 February 2010. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  12. ^ "Star Screen Awards 2010: The official website of the event at STAR Plus". 16 April 2000. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  13. ^ "Nomination for 55th-Idea-Filmfare-Awards". The Times of India. Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  14. ^ a b "Stardust awards 2010 Nominations". Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  15. ^ Filmicafe Media Inc. "Airtel Mirchi Music Awards Winners". Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
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  18. ^ a b c "Udaan, Dabangg top winners at Filmfare Awards". The Times of India. 29 January 2010. 
  19. ^ "Giffoni: Here are the winners". Retrieved 27 August 2010. 
  20. ^ "Winners of 1st Global Indian Film & Television Honors 2011". 12 February 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  21. ^ "Nominations for 17th Annual Star Screen Awards 2011". 3 January 2011. Retrieved 18 October 2011. 
  22. ^ a b "Nominations of Stardust Awards 2011". Bollywood Hungama. Retrieved 23 January 2011. 
  23. ^ "And the National Award goes to...". The Times of India. 17 September 2010. 

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