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Born Shyamalal Babu Rai
Died 27 February 1997(1997-02-27)

Shyamalal Babu Rai, known professionally as Indeevar (Hindi: इंदीवर), (credited as Indiwar, Indeewar, Indivar, or Indiver) (1924 – February 27, 1997 [1]) was one of the leading Hindi film lyricists in the 1960s.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Dhamna Village of Jhansi district of Uttar Pradesh and grew up in Barua Sagar in Jhansi District. He moved to Bombay to pursue a professional career as a lyricist.


He got recognition in Malhar in 1949, where he penned "Bade Armano Se Rakkha Hai Balam Teri Kasam" which was set to music by Roshan. He wrote over a thousand songs in over 300 films in a career spanning over four decades[citation needed]. Indivar also wrote songs for famous pop duo Nazia Hassan and Zohaib Hassan. Nazia Hassan's famous songs "Aap Jaisa Koi", "Boom Boom", "Meherbani", "Dil ki Lagi" & Zohaib Hassan's "Star" was written by Indeevar.

Major Hits[edit]

His notable songs include


Year Nominee/work Award Result
1976 "Dil Aisa Kisi Ne Mera Toda" (Amanush) Filmfare Best Lyricist Award Won
1966 "Ek Tu Na Mila" (Himalaya Ki God Mein) Nominated
1974 "Samjhauta Ghamon Se Kar Lo" (Samjhauta) Nominated
1975 "Behnane Bhai Ki Kalai" (Resham Ki Dori) Nominated
1985 "Pyar Ka Tohfa Tera" (Tohfa) Nominated

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