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Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi (born Inderjeet Singh Judge, 2 April 1926 - 11 May 1984), was a celebrated patriotic poet, Bollywood lyricist, and author. His writings in Punjabi, Hindi, and Urdu, covered every aspect of life, including religion, romance, labor"s life, country"s struggles, etc. Moreover, he was known for the simplicity in his writings. Tulsi was regarded as one of India"s most influential poets. The Government of India honoured him with the Rajkavi in 1962 and the Padma Shri in 1966 for his contributions towards the arts.
Tulsi gained recognition in 1962 when he was titled the Rajkavi of Punjab by the governor of Punjab, Narhar Vishnu Gadgil, Following the Rajkavi award, in 1966, he was awarded the Padma Shri Award for his contribution to Arts and Education by Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru. He is also the author of Param Purkh (Guru Nanak Patshah), Darvesh Badshah Guru Gobind Singh Ji, which continue to be a part of Punjab University"s Syllabus today, Baraf Bane Angare, and Sur Shinghar.
A few years later, Manoj Kumar was attending a Kavi Darbar, where he heard Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh reciting one of his poems. Manoj Kumar really appreciated his work and requested him to write for his upcoming film Shor (film), i.e. Pani Re Pani Tera Rang Kaisa and Jeevan Chalne Ka Naam. The songs became a hit and Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi went on to work with many more filmmakers like Raj Kapoor, N.N. Sippy, and B.R. Chopra. He continued to deliver hits like Le Jayenge Le Jayenge Dilwale Dulhanya Le Jayenge (Chor Machaye Shor), Beshak Mandir Masjid Todo (Bobby (1973 film)), Samay Tu Dheere Dheere Chal (Karm), and Jaa Re Jaa O! Harjai (Kalicharan).
In 1962, Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi was awarded with the Rajkavi Title of Punjab by the governor of Punjab, Narhar Vishnu Gadgil
In 1966, Rajkavi Inderjeet Singh Tulsi was awarded with the Padma Shri Award (the fourth highest civilian award in the Republic of India) for his contribution in Arts and Education by Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru.
As a lyricist :
Shor (film) 1972
Bobby (1973 film)
Chor Machaye Shor 1974
Do Jasoos 1975
Santo Banto 1976
Pratima Aur Paayal 1977
Zamaanat (1977 film)
Bhakti Mein Shakti 1978
Vishwanath (film) 1978
The Gold Medal 1979
Raaj Mahal 1982
Yaar Gariban Da
As an author :
Baraf Bani Angare
Darvesh Badshah Guru Gobind Singhji
Sur Singar - Poetry
Param Purkh (Guru Nanak Patshah) - Depicts the life of Guru Nanak Dev Ji through poems.