Rajiv Vijayakar - Bangalore Literature Festival (BLF)


Day 2
11:00 am

Main Shayar Toh Nahin: Poetry in Indian Cinema

Rajiv Vijayakar and VAK Ranga Rao with Manasi Prasad

Day 2
3:00 pm

Into the Mind of the Biographer

Debashish Mukerji, Rajiv Vijayakar and Sugata Srinivasaraju with Samanth Subramanian


Rajiv M. Vijayakar has been an entertainment journalist for over 30 years.

A dental surgeon by qualification, he has had long associations with prestigious Indian publications like Bangalore’s Deccan Herald and Worldspace.com besides Screen, Mid-Day, Stardust, Showtime, Star & Style, g Magazine, Filmfare, Bollywoodhungama.com, Shaadi.com and others, and has been Mumbai Correspondent for the American weekly India-West.

Author of Music By Laxmikant Pyarelal (2021) and Dharmendra: Not Just A He-Man (2018) for Rupa Publications, he has published two other books—The History Of Indian Film Music (2010/Times Group Books)—which is now on the teaching course at Herb Alpert School of Music, UCLA—and Main Shaayar Toh Nahin (2019 / HarperCollins).

Rajiv has been on the 62nd and 58th National Film Awards jury. His research paper, The Role of a Song in a Hindi Film, is now on the syllabus of students of South Asian cinema at the University of Edinburgh. He is also the sole Content Team Member for Hindi Film Music at the Indian Music Experience, Bangalore.

Rajiv has also been awarded the Hindi Seva Sammaan in 2013 on Hindi Diwas by the Vishwa Hindi Academy, Mumbai for his contribution to Hindi cinema and music.