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Amit Trivedi
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Background information
Born 8 April 1979 (1979-04-08) (age 42)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Genres Soundtrack, Indian Film Music, Indie-pop
Occupation(s) Composer, record producer, singer, instrumentalist, lyricist
Years active 2001–present

Amit Trivedi (born 8 April 1979) is an Indian music director, singer and a lyricist. As a contemporary music director, he is well known for his versatility. Amit's work ranges from rock to classical to novel fusion music. 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, and was noticed for his critically acclaimed work in the Hindi film Dev.D (2009), which earned him several awards, including the 2010 National Film Award for Best Music Direction.

Early life

Trivedi was born in Bandra, Mumbai, India to a traditional Gujarati family. Growing up, his only connect with music was devotional songs and Gujarati folk. His native city is Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Career

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, he 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. Eventually Trivedi went on to compose for theatre (Hindi, English and Gujarati plays), background music for television shows, programming for some Marathi films, live performances, dandiya shows, orchestras etc. He also had a brief stint composing advertisement jingles, for brands such as McDonald's and Airtel. 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 musicians including Amartya Rahut for a Marathi film 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.

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.

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 (father) 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 chartbusters 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, before receiving the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, the highest recognition for Indian composers. Trivedi wrote the score for Wake Up Sid (2009) and one of his compositions "Iktara" 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. He also provided the music and background score for the ensemble romantic comedy-drama Aisha (2010), which also had him providing vocals for two songs, "Suno Aisha" and "Sham". Recently, he won Best Song for "Naina Da Kya Kasoor" at the News18 Reel Movie Awards from Andhadhun (2018). Apart from "Naina Da Kya Kasoor", he also sang "Laila Laila" for the film.

In 2019, Power Brands honored him with the Best Music Director of the Year award for Andhadhun at the Bollywood Film Journalists Awards (BFJA).

He has made TV appearances for various shows aired on MTV. Also, he composed title track for the television show Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi, hosted by Amitabh Bachchan. He also composed music for Film kedaranath.

In February 2021, Amit launched an exclusive Masterclass for the aspiring singers with FrontRow.

Live performance

Amit Trivedi will be sharing stage along with the likes of Katy Perry, Dua Lipa, Ritviz and The Local Train at OnePlus Music Festival. 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 and Jaggi. He also performed for the Bacardi NH7 Weekender (music festival) which happened in Pune, Delhi, and Hyderabad. In January 2016, he performed at Quo Vadis, the annual fest of Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, Delhi. On 1 February 2016, he performed at Spring Fest, the annual festival of IIT Kharagpur along with the likes of Neeti Mohan, Yashita Sharma and Divya Kumar. He performed at Chembur Gymkhana on 4 March 2017. He performed on 19 March 2017 at Gujarat National Law University, Gandhinagar. On 26 March 2017, he performed along with Jonita Gandhi and Divya Kumar (singer) at Aura, the annual festival of Gogte Institute of Technology. He also composed a nation song incorporating all his popular genres and celebrating unity through an amalgamation of folk music from different states of the nation at the Mirchi Music Awards held in 2017. On 20 January 2018; he performed for the first time in Navi Mumbai at SIESONS, SIES College (Nerul) with Jonita Gandhi, Shashwat Singh, Arun Kumar and Yashita Sharma. He has also performed in "Kashiyatra" IIT BHU Annual Fest on 21 January 2018; the very next day. He performed at K. J. Somaiya College of Engineering for their annual cultural festival Symphony on 7 February 2018, and his performance also included the launch and first-ever live performance of Padman's title track 'Aaj Se Teri'. He also performed in "Engifest", the Delhi Technological University Annual Fest on 16 February 2018. He also performed in "Riviera" in VIT University on 17 February 2018. He performed in Synapse (Gujarat's largest cultural fest) at DA-IICT, Gandhinagar on 24 February. He performed at the Hindu College for their fest "Mecca" on 16 March. In October 2018 he also performed at the annual cultural fest of IIT Roorkee,"Thomso". His performance at IIT Indore during Fluxus - Annual Techno-Cultural fest of IIT Indore on 17 February 2019 was highly appreciated by the crowd and considered one of his best live performances. He performed recently at the Vibrance 2019 (VIT Chennai's annual cultural fest) on 21 February. He is currently managed by Tarsame Mittal Talent Management for his live shows.

Filmography

Music

Year Film Director Notes Ref.
2008 Aamir Raj Kumar Gupta 6 Songs
Anthiponvettam AV Narayanan Malayalam film, (one song only)
2009 Dev.D Anurag Kashyap All songs
Wake Up Sid Ayan Mukerji Background score + 2 Songs
2010 Striker Chandan Arora One Song
Admissions Open K.D.Satyam
Udaan Vikramaditya Motwane All songs
Aisha Rajshree Ojha
2011 I Am Onir 5 songs
No One Killed Jessica Raj Kumar Gupta All songs
Chillar Party Nitesh Tiwari, Vikas Bahl
Trishna Michael Winterbottom one of the composers
2012 Ishaqzaade Habib Faisal All songs
Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu Shakun Batra
English Vinglish Gauri Shinde
Aiyyaa Sachin Kundalkar
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana Sameer Sharma
Pehla Sitara Owais Hussain
2013 Kai Po Che! Abhishek Kapoor All songs
Bombay Talkies Anurag Kashyap, Zoya Akhtar, Karan Johar, Dibakar Banerjee
Ghanchakkar Raj Kumar Gupta
Lootera Vikramaditya Motwane
2014 Queen Vikas Bahl
2015 Bombay Velvet Anurag Kashyap
Guddu Rangeela Subhash Kapoor
Highway Umesh Vinayak Kulkarni Marathi Debut
Shaandaar Vikas Bahl All Songs
2016 Fitoor Abhishek Kapoor
Udta Punjab Abhishek Chaubey
Dear Zindagi Gauri Shinde
2017 Qaidi Band Habib Faisal
Secret Superstar Advait Chandan
Rukh Atanu Mukherjee
2018 Pad Man R. Balki
Raid Raj Kumar Gupta Background score & 2 songs
Blackmail Abhinay Deo 4 songs & collaborating first time with rapper Divine for a song "Badla"
The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Ken Scott 3 songs
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero Vikramaditya Motwane All Songs
Fanney Khan Atul Manjrekar 5 songs
Manmarziyaan Anurag Kashyap All songs
Andhadhun Sriram Raghavan 9 songs
Helicopter Eela Pradeep Sarkar 3 songs
Kedarnath Abhishek Kapoor All Songs
2019 India's Most Wanted Raj Kumar Gupta All Songs
Mission Mangal Jagan Shakti 2 songs
Sye Raa Narasimha Reddy Surender Reddy Telugu debut; All Songs
2020 Gunjan Saxena: The Kargil Girl Sharan Sharma All Songs
V Mohan Krishna Indraganti Telugu film; All Songs
Bulbbul Anvita Dutt Background music
2021 Haseen Dillruba Vinil Mathew All Songs
Butterfly Ramesh Aravind Kannada debut; remake of Queen
Paris Paris Tamil debut; remake of Queen
Zam Zam G. Neelakanta Reddy Malayalam film; remake of Queen
That Is Mahalakshmi Prasanth Varma Telugu film; remake of Queen
RRR M.M. Keeravani
Maidaan Amit Ravindernath Sharma All Songs

Playback singer

Year Title (Movie/Album/TV shows) Songs List Ref.
2008 Aamir "Ha Raham (Mehfuz)"
"Chakkar Ghumyo"
"Haara"
2009 Dev D "Emosanal Atyachar (Brass Band Version)"
"Duniya"
"Nayan Tarse"
"Saali Khushi"
"Aankh Micholi"
2010 Udaan "Geet Mein Dhalte Lafzon Mein"
"Udaan"
"Motumaster"
"Aazaadiyan"
Aisha "Suno Aisha"
"Shaam"
2011 Chillar Party "Aa Rela Hai Apun"
"Tai Tai Phish"
"Ziddi Piddi"
2012 Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu "Gubbare"
Gangs of Wasseypur – Part 1 "Keh ke lunga"
English Vinglish "Dhak Dhuk"
"English Vinglish"
Aiyyaa "Wakda"
Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana "Kikli Kalerdi"
"Motorwada"
"Farukha Baadi"
"Kikli Kalerdi (Punjabi version)"
2013 Kai Po Che! "Manjha"
"Meethi Boliyaan"
Bombay Talkies "Murabba (Duet)"
Ghanchakkar "Allah Meherbaan"
"Ghanchakkar Babu"
"Ghanchakkar Babu (Remix)"
Lootera "Zinda"
"Manmarziyan"
2014 Queen "Badra Bahaar"
"Jugni"
2015 Hunterrr "Bachpan"
Guddu Rangeela "Guddu Rangeela (Title Track)"
"Sahebaan"
Shaandaar "Shaam Shaandaar"
"Senti Wali Mental"
Bhale Manchi Roju(Telugu) "Dol Dolre"
2016 Fitoor "Pashmina"
"Rangaa Re (Hindi version)"
"Ranga Re (English)"
Dear Zindagi "Love You Zindagi"
"Just Go To Hell Dil"
Udta Punjab "Ud-Daa Punjab"
"Vadiya"
2017 Qaidi Band "I am India (Escape)"
Newton "Chal Tu Apna Kaam Kar"
2018 Pad Man "Hu Ba Hu"
Blackmail "Badla"
"Nindaraan Diyaan"
"Sataasa"
Bhavesh Joshi Superhero "Tafreeh"
Fanney Khan "Acche Din Ab Aye Re"
Andhadhun "Naina Da Kya Kasoor"
"Laila Laila"
Kedarnath "Namo Namo"
2020 Big Brother (Malayalam) "Kando Kando"
V (Telugu) "Manasu Maare", "Vasthunna Vachesthunna"

Awards and nominations

National Film Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Dev.D Best Music Director Won

Filmfare Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2010 Dev.D RD Burman Award for New Music Talent Won
Best Background Score
Best Music Director Nominated
2011 Udaan Best Background Score Won
Aisha Nominated
2013 Ishaqzaade Best Music Director
2014 Lootera
"Manja" – Kai Po Che! Best Playback Singer – Male
2015 Queen Best Background Score Won
Best Music Director Nominated
2017 Udta Punjab Nominated
2018 Secret Superstar
2019 Manmarziyaan Nominated

Star Screen Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2018 Manmarziyaan Best Music Director Won
2018 Andhadhun - Naina Da Kya Kasoor Best Playback Singer (Male) Nominated

Zee Cine Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2018 Secret Superstar Best Music Director Won

Mirchi Music Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Wake Up Sid - Iktara Listener's Choice Song of the Year Won
2012 Ishaqzaade Album of the Year Nominated
2014 Queen
"London Thumakda" from Queen Best Song Producer (Programming & Arranging)
2015 "Dhadaam Dhadaam" from Bombay Velvet
"Teriyaan Tu Jaane" Indie Pop Song of the Year
2016 "Ikk Kudi" from Udta Punjab Music Composer of the Year
Udta Punjab Album of the Year
2017 Secret Superstar

Global Indian Music Academy Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Wake Up Sid - Iktara Best Film Song Won
2011 Udaan Best Background Score Nominated
2014 Lootera - Monta Re GiMA Award for Nayi Soch Won
Lootera Best Music Director Nominated
2015 Queen Best Music Director Won
Queen - London Thumakda Best Music Arranger and Programmer
Best Film Song
Queen Best Background Score Nominated

Stardust Awards

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2009 Dev.D Standout Performance by a Music Director Nominated
New Musical Sensation – Male
2010 Aisha Standout Performance by a Music Director
New Musical Sensation – Male

Giffoni Film Festival

Year Nominated work Category Result Ref.
2010 Udaan Best Music Score Won
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