Amit Trivedi is an Indian film composer, musician, singer and lyricist, working in Bollywood. After working as a theater and jingle composer and composing for non-film albums, he debuted as a film composer in the 2008 Hindi film Aamir, and shot to fame in the Hindi film music scene with his critically acclaimed work in the more popular Dev D, which earned him several accolades, including the 2010 National Film Award for Best Music Direction.
In his younger days, an electronic musical instrument fascinated Amit and he was slowly drawn towards music, mainly influenced by classical music. At the age of 19-20, he started composing music. During college days he became part of a band called Om, which was primarily a group of music lovers, and the band would perform at local gigs, small shows and live performances. They struck gold when Times Music took notice of them, at one of the shows, and offered to launch their album. The album however did not fare well, due to lack of proper promotions.
Eventually Amit went on to compose for theater (Hindi, English and Gujarati plays), background music for TV serials, live performances, dandiya shows, orchestras etc. He also had a brief stint with ad jingles, providing music for Mc Donalds and Airtel. When a Sound Engineer and Owner of Audio Garage Recording Studio ( Arvind Vishwakarma) introduced Amit to Sony BMG he composed for non-film albums. As a part of a two year contract with Sony BMG, Amit composed some tracks for Abhijeet Sawant's Junoon and one track in Prashant Tamang's debut album.
Film music eventually came his way, when friend and playback singer Shilpa Rao suggested Amit's name to film director, Anurag Kashyap. Anurag was in search of a new composer with a distinct vision for his film. After meeting up with Amit, the director offered him the chance to compose for Dev D. Dev D was intended to be Amit's debut but the film ran into production delays and was shelved for some time.
Anurag Kashyap, who was the creative producer for his assistant, Raj Kumar Gupta's directorial venture Aamir recommended Amit for the film. Amit was roped in and started working on the film soundtrack. Raj Kumar and Amit worked on making the soundtrack fuse with the film narrative. The unconventional soundtrack received critical recognition.
By the end of 2008, Dev D eventually was released. The soundtrack, released in December, consisted of 18 tracks of multiple genres. Amit coined the soundtrack as "baap of different genres" and himself sang five songs in the film, besides writing the lyrics for one song ("Aankh Micholi") as well. He shot to fame with the unusual music of Dev D, giving many chart-busters like "Emotional Attyachar", "Saali Khushi", "O Pardesi" and many more.
He was conferred with both the R. D. Burman Award and the Best Background Score at the Filmfare Awards 2010, before receiving the National Film Award for Best Music Direction, the highest recognition for Indian composers. Amit wrote the score for the 2009 Hindi Film, Wake Up Sid and one of his compositions "Iktaara" was also included in the soundtrack.
In 2009 itself, Amit was roped in by Anshu Sharma (Creative Director from Rediffusion Y&R) to compose the team anthem "Game for More" for Royal Challengers Bangalore which is a team owned by liquor baron Vijay Mallya. Between scoring for films, Amit also wrote the title track for the reality show Big Switch aired on UTV Bindaas.
In 2010, Amit composed the music for Udaan and Aisha. Udaan won him the Filmfare for the Best Background Score and the Best Soundtrack Award at the Giffoni Film Festival.
In 2011, he had films like No One Killed Jessica, I Am and Chillar Party, following which were Ishaqzaade, Ek Main Aur Ekk Tu, English Vinglish, Aiyyaa and Luv Shuv Tey Chicken Khurana in 2012.
In 2013, Amit's music will be heard in Kai Po Che!, Lootera and Ghanchakkar.