National Film Award for Best Lyrics

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National Film Award for Best Lyrics
Awarded by Directorate of Film Festivals
Type National
Category Indian Cinema
Description
Description Best lyrics of a song for the feature film for a year
Medal Rajat Kamal (Silver Lotus)
Statistics
Instituted 1968
First awarded 1968
Last awarded 2015
Total awarded 38
Cash award 50,000 (US$740)
Previous name(s) Lyric Writer of the Best Film Song on National Integration (1968–72)
First awardee(s) Kannadasan
Recent awardee(s) Varun Grover

The National Film Award for Best Lyrics (the Silver Lotus Award) is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards by the Directorate of Film Festivals (DFF) to a lyricist who has composed the best song for films produced within the Indian film industry.[1] The award was first introduced at the 16th National Film Awards in 1969. It was intermittently awarded till the 22nd National Film Awards (1975). From then on, no award was presented until the 32nd National Film Awards (1985). However, since 1985 every year the award has been presented with the exception of the 34th National Film Awards (1987). As of the 62nd National Film Awards (2015), the DFF has presented a total of 36 awards to 24 different lyricists.

Although the Indian film industry produces films in around 20 languages and dialects,[1] the recipients of the award include those who have worked in seven major languages: Hindi (15 awards), Tamil (10 awards), Telugu (3 awards), Malayalam (3 awards), Bengali (2 awards), Kannada (2 awards) and Punjabi (1 award).

Tamil poet Kannadasan was the first recipient of the award. He won the prize for his work in the 1967 Tamil film Kuzhanthaikkaga. Vairamuthu (Tamil) is the most frequent winner in this category, having won the award six times.[2][3] Javed Akhtar (Hindi) is the second-most frequent winner of the award. Four lyricists—Gulzar (Hindi), Swanand Kirkire (Hindi), Prasoon Joshi (Hindi) and Na. Muthukumar (Tamil)—have won the award on two occasions. Varun Grover is the most recent recipient, honoured for the song "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" from Hindi film Dum Laga Ke Haisha at the 63rd National Film Awards.

List of recipients[edit]

Indicates a joint award for that year
List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), song(s), film(s), language(s) and citation
Year Recipient(s) Song(s) Film(s) Language(s) Citation Refs.
1968
(16th)
Kannadasan  – Kuzhanthaikkaga Tamil  – [4]
1969
(17th)
Kaifi Azmi "Aandhi Aaye Ki Toofan" Saat Hindustani Hindi  – [5]
1970
(18th)
No Award [6]
1971
(19th)
Prem Dhawan  – Nanak Dhukhia Sab Sansar Punjabi  – [7]
1972
(20th)
Vayalar Ramavarma  – Achanum Bappayum Malayalam  – [8]
1973
(21st)
No Award [9]
1974
(22nd)
Sri Sri  – Alluri Seetharamaraju Telugu  – [10]
1975
(23rd)
No Award [11]
1976
(24th)
No Award [12]
1977
(25th)
No Award [13]
1978
(26th)
No Award [14]
1979
(27th)
No Award [15]
1980
(28th)
No Award [16]
1981
(29th)
No Award [17]
1982
(30th)
No Award [18]
1983
(31st)
No Award [19]
1984
(32nd)
Vasant Dev  – Saaransh Hindi  – [20]
1985
(33rd)
Vairamuthu  – Muthal Mariyathai Tamil [21]
1986
(34th)
No Award [22]
1987
(35th)
Gulzar "Mera Kuchh Saamaan" Ijaazat Hindi [23]
1988
(36th)
O. N. V. Kurup  – Vaishali Malayalam [24]
1989
(37th)
Satarupa Sanyal  – Chhandaneer Bengali [25]
1990
(38th)
Gulzar  – Lekin... Hindi [26]
1991
(39th)
K. S. Narasimhaswamy  – Mysore Mallige Kannada [27]
1992
(40th)
Vairamuthu "Chinna Chinna Aasai" Roja Tamil [28]
1993
(41st)
Veturi Sundararama Murthy "Raali Poye Puvva" Mathru Devo Bhava Telugu [29]
1994
(42nd)
Vairamuthu  • "Poralae Ponnuthayi"
 • "Uyirum Neeye"
 • Karuththamma
 • Pavithra
Tamil [30]
1995
(43rd)
Amit Khanna "Kuch Is Tarah" Bhairavi Hindi [31]
1996
(44th)
Javed Akhtar  – Saaz Hindi [32]
1997
(45th)
Javed Akhtar  – Border Hindi [33]
1998
(46th)
Javed Akhtar "Maati Re Maati Re" Godmother Hindi [34]
1999
(47th)
Vairamuthu "Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein" Sangamam Tamil [35]
2000
(48th)
Yusufali Kechery "Gayam Hari Nama Dhayam" Mazha Malayalam [36]
2000
(48th)
Javed Akhtar "Panchchhi Nadiyaan" Refugee Hindi
2001
(49th)
Javed Akhtar  • "Ghanan Ghanan"
 • "Radha Kaise Na Jale"
Lagaan Hindi [37]
2002
(50th)
Vairamuthu  – Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil [38]
2003
(51st)
Suddala Ashok Teja "Nenu Saitham" Tagore Telugu [39]
2004
(52nd)
P. Vijay "Ovvoru Pookalume" Autograph Tamil [40]
2005
(53rd)
Baraguru Ramachandrappa "Baruthe Ve Nav Baruthe Ve" Thaayi Kannada [41]
2006
(54th)
Swanand Kirkire "Bande Me Tha Dum" Lage Raho Munna Bhai Hindi [42]
2007
(55th)
Prasoon Joshi "Maa" Taare Zameen Par Hindi [43]
2008
(56th)
 • Anindya Chatterjee
 • Chandril Bhattacharya
"Pherari Mon" Antaheen Bengali [44]
2009
(57th)
Swanand Kirkire "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" 3 Idiots Hindi [45]
2010
(58th)
Vairamuthu "Kallikkaattil Perandha Thaayae" Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Tamil [46]
2011
(59th)
Amitabh Bhattacharya "Agar Zindagi" I Am Hindi [47]
2012
(60th)
Prasoon Joshi "Bolo Naa" Chittagong Hindi [48]
2013
(61st)
Na. Muthukumar "Ananda Yaazhai Meettugirai" Thanga Meenkal Tamil [49]
2014
(62nd)
Na. Muthukumar "Azhagu" Saivam Tamil [50]
2015
(63rd)
Varun Grover "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" Dum Laga Ke Haisha Hindi [51]

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