Lyricist / Singer / Dialogue Writer Hindi
Born : 30 August 1923
Death : 14 December 1966
Born Shankardas Kesarilal on 30th August 1923 in Rawalpindi (present day Pakistan), Shailendra suffered an early loss with the death of his mother. He began his career with a job in the Indian Railways which brought him to Mumbai. This was a period of intense political upheaval with the struggle for Indian independence at its peak. Shailendra too joined the left wing IPTA Movement and engaged with numerous artistic and cultural endeavours that came as a part of it.
Shailendra penned a vast number of patriotic verses at the time. His poem ‘Jalta hai Punjab’ was very popular amongst the masses, and during one of his recitals filmmaker Raj Kapoor met him and offered him his first role as a lyricist in the Hindi film industry. Thus, he started work with Kapoor's super-hit classic Barsaat (1949). Over the next few years, Shailendra was already working with veteran music artists such as Shankar-Jaikishan, Salil Chowdhary, S N Tripathi, and S D Burman.
Shailendra also produced the film Teesri Kasam (1966) but the film did not fare well at the box office and it led to his disappointment. Soon after that, Shailendra was admitted to the hospital and on 14 December 1966, he passed away.