Birth Name: Shyamlal Babu Rai
Born : 15 August 1924, in Jhansi, United Provinces, British India
Death : 27 February 1997
Born in Jhansi as Shyamalal Bahu Rai, Indeevar shifted to Mumbai in order to join the Hindi film industry in the 1940s. His first assignment was the film Double Face (1946), followed by Justice Chowdhary (1946). In order to survive in the industry, Indeevar worked in a number of ‘B’ and ‘C’ grade film projects. Malhaar (1951) became his first major break, but it was Babubhai Mistry's musical, Parasmani (1963) that shot him to fame and established his position as a lyricist within the industry.
Indeevar was particularly recognized for his patriotic songs like 'Dulhan chali' and 'Hai preet jahaan ki reet sadaa' from Manoj Kumar’s Purab Aur Paschim (1970). Indeevar was also associated with philosophical lyrics for songs such as 'Zindagi ka safar' from the film Safar (1970). During the 1980s, the impetus of Indeevar's verse changed from the former mellow tunes, to more peppy numbers that he worked on for music composer, Bappi Lahiri. In the 1980s, there was a drastic shift in the musical taste of the masses. During this time, Indeevar wrote many hit songs for Lahiri - 'Naino Main Sapna' from Himmatwala (1983), and 'Tohfa Tohfa Laaya Laaya' from Tohfa (1984).
The lyricist died on February 27 in 1999. His last projects include Rajesh Roshan's films Karan Arjun in 1995 and Koyla in 1997.