Vasant Deo(1929-25 Jan.1996) was an Indian writer, lyricist and screenwriter and a Hindi academic at Parle College in Mumbai. He worked in Hindi parallel cinema through the 1980s, working with directors like Shyam Benegal, Govind Nihalani and Mahesh Bhatt. He is best known for "Saanjh Dhale Gagan Tale" sung by Suresh Wadkar, and "Mann Kyun Behka", a Lata Mangeshkar and Asha Bhosle duet in Utsav (1984) directed by Girish Karnad. He wrote plays and poetry in Marathi, and Marathi to Hindi translator.
At the 32nd National Film Awards, he won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics for Saaransh (1984). Subsequently, at the 33rd Filmfare Awards, he won the Filmfare Award for Best Lyricist for song, "Mann Kyun Behka" in Utsav. In 1980s, for the television serial Bharat Ek Khoj (Discovery of India), director Shyam Benegal asked Vasant Deo to translate Sanskrit hymns from Rigveda in Hindi. They were set to music by Vanraj Bhatia.
- Umbartha (1982)
- Ardh Satya (1983)
- Party (1984, assistant dialogue)
- Kamla (1984)
- Nasoor (1985)
- Sur Sangham (1985)
- Andha Yudh (1987)
- Bharat Ek Khoj (TV series) (1988)
- "32nd National Film Awards". International Film Festival of India. Archived from the original on 26 September 2013. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- "Best Lyricist (Popular)". Filmfare Awards Official wlistings, Indiatimes. Archived from the original on 18 May 2011. Retrieved 12 May 2014.
- Pauwels 2007, p. 83.
- Vasant Dev at Bollywood Hungama
- Pauwels, Heidi R.M. (2007). Indian Literature and Popular Cinema: Recasting Classics. Routledge. ISBN 978-1-134-06255-3.