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The National Film Award for Best Lyrics
National Film Award for Best Lyrics
(the Silver Lotus Award) is an honour presented annually at the National Film Awards by the Directorate of Film Festivals
Directorate of Film Festivals
(DFF) to a lyricist who has composed the best song for films produced within the Indian film industry.[1] The award was first introduced at the 16th National Film Awards
16th National Film Awards
in 1969. It was intermittently awarded till the 22nd National Film Awards (1975). From then on, no award was presented until the 32nd National Film Awards (1985). However, since 1985 every year the award has been presented with the exception of the 34th National Film Awards (1987). As of the 62nd National Film Awards (2015), the DFF has presented a total of 36 awards to 24 different lyricists. Although the Indian film industry produces films in around 20 languages and dialects,[1] the recipients of the award include those who have worked in seven major languages: Hindi
Hindi
(15 awards), Tamil (10 awards), Bengali (3 awards), Telugu (3 awards), Malayalam
Malayalam
(3 awards), Kannada (2 awards) and Punjabi (1 award). Tamil poet Kannadasan was the first recipient of the award. He won the prize for his work in the 1967 Tamil film Kuzhanthaikkaga. Vairamuthu (Tamil) is the most frequent winner in this category, having won the award seven times.[2][3] Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
(Hindi) is the second-most frequent winner of the award. Four lyricists— Gulzar
Gulzar
(Hindi), Swanand Kirkire (Hindi), Prasoon Joshi
Prasoon Joshi
(Hindi) and Na. Muthukumar (Tamil)—have won the award on two occasions. Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
and Anupam Roy are the most recent winners. List of recipients[edit]

Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
has won seven awards, the most frequent winner.

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
has won five awards.

Indicates a joint award for that year

List of award recipients, showing the year (award ceremony), song(s), film(s), language(s) and citation

Year Recipient(s) Song(s) Film(s) Language(s) Citation Refs.

1968 (16th) Kannadasan  – Kuzhanthaikkaga Tamil  – [4]

1969 (17th) Kaifi Azmi "Aandhi Aaye Ki Toofan" Saat Hindustani Hindi  – [5]

1970 (18th) No Award [6]

1971 (19th) Prem Dhawan  – Nanak Dhukhia Sab Sansar Punjabi  – [7]

1972 (20th) Vayalar Ramavarma  – Achanum Bappayum Malayalam  – [8]

1973 (21st) No Award [9]

1974 (22nd) Sri Sri  – Alluri Seetharamaraju Telugu  – [10]

1975 (23rd) No Award [11]

1976 (24th) No Award [12]

1977 (25th) No Award [13]

1978 (26th) No Award [14]

1979 (27th) No Award [15]

1980 (28th) No Award [16]

1981 (29th) No Award [17]

1982 (30th) No Award [18]

1983 (31st) No Award [19]

1984 (32nd) Vasant Dev  – Saaransh Hindi  – [20]

1985 (33rd) Vairamuthu  – Muthal Mariyathai Tamil

For imaginative use of folk images and form which blend with the pastoral and idyllic backdrop of the film.

[21]

1986 (34th) No Award [22]

1987 (35th) Gulzar "Mera Kuchh Saamaan" Ijaazat Hindi

For an extremely elegant lyric using subtle similes and metaphors to express attachment, desire and parting and finally to serve as a definition to love within the context of the film.

[23]

1988 (36th) O. N. V. Kurup  – Vaishali Malayalam

For the rare poetic heights reached in all lyrics in the film.

[24]

1989 (37th) Satarupa Sanyal  – Chhandaneer Bengali

For rare poetic heights reached in all the lyrics for the film.

[25]

1990 (38th) Gulzar  – Lekin... Hindi

For evoking beautiful imagery, created through lyrical poetry.

[26]

1991 (39th) K. S. Narasimhaswamy  – Mysore Mallige Kannada

For the depth and poetic quality of the lyrics.

[27]

1992 (40th) Vairamuthu "Chinna Chinna Aasai" Roja Tamil

For his charming, simple poem which has been become a new nursery rhyme on the lips of every child in Tamil Nadu.

[28]

1993 (41st) Veturi Sundararama Murthy "Raali Poye Puvva" Mathru Devo Bhava Telugu

For his lyric, which demonstrates his poetic imagination, enriched by his deep experience of life and a consequential competence in using language with felicity.

[29]

1994 (42nd) Vairamuthu  • "Poralae Ponnuthayi"  • "Uyirum Neeye"  • Karuththamma  • Pavithra Tamil

Through their lyrics, he is able to bring to the fore his rich repertory of poetic expression which sensitively enhances the mood of the films.

[30]

1995 (43rd) Amit Khanna "Kuch Is Tarah" Bhairavi Hindi

The lyrics are meaningful, poetic and sensitively enhance the overall mood of the song sequence, thereby elevating the film.

[31]

1996 (44th) Javed Akhtar  – Saaz Hindi

For its poetic and traditional expression.

[32]

1997 (45th) Javed Akhtar  – Border Hindi

For its evocative wording that is imbued with compassion for our nation and for human beings at large.

[33]

1998 (46th) Javed Akhtar "Maati Re Maati Re" Godmother Hindi

For the authentic blend of dialect and emotion. a song of patriotism and passion, the lyrics are lucid and thought provoking.

[34]

1999 (47th) Vairamuthu "Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein" Sangamam Tamil

For the lyric "Mudhal Murai Killipparthaein" in the Tamil film Sangamam. In his own imitable style, the renowned poet has imparted a certain lyrical charm to the song.

[35]

2000 (48th) Yusufali Kechery "Gayam Hari Nama Dhayam" Mazha Malayalam

For depicting the right mix of the ethos of our land in an invocation to lord Krishna.

[36]

2000 (48th) Javed Akhtar "Panchchhi Nadiyaan" Refugee Hindi

For his inimitable style, speaks of transcending borders and countries, with beautifully written words for love and compassion.

2001 (49th) Javed Akhtar  • "Ghanan Ghanan"  • "Radha Kaise Na Jale" Lagaan Hindi

For using very simple language to bring out the richness of the Kutch locale.

[37]

2002 (50th) Vairamuthu  – Kannathil Muthamittal Tamil

For rising above the conventions of film songs to reach the realms of poetry.

[38]

2003 (51st) Suddala Ashok Teja "Nenu Saitham" Tagore Telugu

For relating Sri Sri's poem to contemporary times in order to awaken the masses against social evils.

[39]

2004 (52nd) P. Vijay "Ovvoru Pookalume" Autograph Tamil

For or meaningful and powerful lyrics generating hope for a better future.

[40]

2005 (53rd) Baraguru Ramachandrappa "Baruthe Ve Nav Baruthe Ve" Thaayi Kannada

For the lyric which heightened the effect of the entire film.

[41]

2006 (54th) Swanand Kirkire "Bande Me Tha Dum" Lage Raho Munna Bhai Hindi

For rousing words that lyrically combine tradition with modernity to reach the masses.

[42]

2007 (55th) Prasoon Joshi "Maa" Taare Zameen Par Hindi

For the soulful poetry that captures the trauma of a family beset with a rare problem of their little son who is happily saved by an understanding teacher.

[43]

2008 (56th)  • Anindya Chatterjee  • Chandril Bhattacharya "Pherari Mon" Antaheen Bengali

For its simple composition of verses to contribute meaningfully to the film.

[44]

2009 (57th) Swanand Kirkire "Behti Hawa Sa Tha Woh" 3 Idiots Hindi

For the simplicity and depth of feelings conveyed through evocative imagery.

[45]

2010 (58th) Vairamuthu "Kallikkaattil Perandha Thaayae" Thenmerku Paruvakaatru Tamil

For giving a meaningful expression to the narrative through contextual amplification of the emotion.

[46]

2011 (59th) Amitabh Bhattacharya "Agar Zindagi" I Am Hindi

Through selective use of commonly used language, He evocatively conjures images that convey a young man's yearning for the bare minimum in the larger context of our social reality. At the same time, the song states a belief in the individual's ability to attain a sense of completeness in life.

[47]

2012 (60th) Prasoon Joshi "Bolo Naa" Chittagong Hindi

Simple yet profound lines that provokes imagery of varied dimensions.

[48]

2013 (61st) Na. Muthukumar "Ananda Yaazhai Meettugirai" Thanga Meenkal Tamil

For giving a poetic expression to the narrative through contextual amplification of emotions.

[49]

2014 (62nd) Na. Muthukumar "Azhagu" Saivam Tamil

For embodying the world as seen through the eyes of a child using common place images to make an appeal to an adult world.

[50]

2015 (63rd) Varun Grover "Moh Moh Ke Dhaage" Dum Laga Ke Haisha Hindi

For the fresh simple array of metaphors, in the form of a song, expressing love.

[51]

2016 (64th) Vairamuthu "Entha Pakkam" Dharma Durai Tamil

It elucidates the philosophy of hope and happiness.

[52]

2016 (64th) Anupam Roy "Tumi Jaake Bhalobasho" Praktan Bengali

Extolling the pathos of the situation gelling beautifully with the philosophy of 'letting go'.

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

Official Page for Directorate of Film Festivals, India National Film Awards Archives

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National Film Award for Best Lyrics

1968–1980

Kannadasan (1968) Kaifi Azmi
Kaifi Azmi
(1969) No Award (1970) No Award (1971) Vayalar Ramavarma
Vayalar Ramavarma
(1972) No Award (1973) Sri Sri (1974) No Award (1975) No Award (1976) No Award (1977) No Award (1978) No Award (1979) No Award (1980)

1981–2000

No Award (1981) No Award (1982) No Award (1983) Vasant Dev (1984) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
(1985) No Award (1986) Gulzar
Gulzar
(1987) O. N. V. Kurup
O. N. V. Kurup
(1988) Satarupa Sanyal (1989) Gulzar
Gulzar
(1990) K. S. Narasimhaswamy
K. S. Narasimhaswamy
(1991) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
(1992) Veturi Sundararama Murthy
Veturi Sundararama Murthy
(1993) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
(1994) Amit Khanna (1995) Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
(1996) Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
(1997) Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
(1998) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
(1999) Yusufali Kechery and Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
(2000)

2001–present

Javed Akhtar
Javed Akhtar
(2001) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
(2002) Suddala Ashok Teja (2003) P. Vijay (2004) Baraguru Ramachandrappa
Baraguru Ramachandrappa
(2005) Swanand Kirkire (2006) Prasoon Joshi
Prasoon Joshi
(2007) Anindya Chatterjee
Anindya Chatterjee
and Chandril Bhattacharya (2008) Swanand Kirkire (2009) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
(2010) Amitabh Bhattacharya
Amitabh Bhattacharya
(2011) Prasoon Joshi
Prasoon Joshi
(2012) Na. Muthukumar
Na. Muthukumar
(2013) Na. Muthukumar
Na. Muthukumar
(2014) Varun Grover (2015) Vairamuthu
Vairamuthu
and Anupam Roy (2016)

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Second Best Feature Film Third Best Feature Film Best Story

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Writing on Cinema

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Awards by year

1953–1960

1953 (1st) 1954 (2nd) 1955 (3rd) 1956 (4th) 1957 (5th) 1958 (6th) 1959 (7th) 1960 (8th)

1961–1980

1961 (9th) 1962 (10th) 1963 (11th) 1964 (12th) 1965 (13th) 1966 (14th) 1967 (15th) 1968 (16th) 1969 (17th) 1970 (18th) 1971 (19th) 1972 (20th) 1973 (21st) 1974 (22nd) 1975 (23rd) 1976 (24th) 1977 (25th) 1978 (26th) 1979 (27th) 1980 (28th)

1981–2000

1981 (29th) 1982 (30th) 1983 (31st) 1984 (32nd) 1985 (33rd) 1986 (34th) 1987 (35th) 1988 (36th) 1989 (37th) 1990 (38th) 1991 (39th) 1992 (40th) 1993 (41st) 1994 (42nd) 1995 (43rd) 1996 (44th) 1997 (45th) 1998 (46th) 1999 (47th) 2000 (48th)

2001–present

2001 (49th) 2002 (50th) 2003 (51st) 2004 (52nd) 2005 (53rd) 2006 (54th) 2007 (55th) 2008 (56th) 2009 (57th) 2010 (58th) 2011 (59th) 2012 (60th) 2013 (61st) 2014 (62nd) 2015 (63rd) 2016

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