Swanand Kirkire (born 1970) is an Indian lyricist, playback singer, writer, assistant director, dialogue writer - in both - Indian television and Bollywood films. Kirkire was born and brought up at Rambagh in an Indore-based Marathi speaking family. Both of his parents are classical singers. He himself doesn't have any formal training in classical music. In 1996, Kirkire graduated from National School of Drama and started doing theatre. Kirkire was introduced to filmmaker Pankaj Parashar, who, in turn, introduced him to director Sudhir Mishra. He assisted Sudhir Mishra with Calcutta Mail, Chameli and Hazaaron Khwaishein Aisi. Kirkire won the National Film Award for Best Lyrics twice. First in 2007 for the song "Bande Me Tha Dum...Vande Mataram" from the 2006 film, Lage Raho Munna Bhai. The second time was in 2009, for the song
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