Balaji Vittal, a graduate in Civil Engineering from Jadavpur University, is a second-generation Calcuttan. His bestselling book R.D. Burman: The Man, The Music, co-authored with Anirudha Bhattacharjee, won the President’s Swarn Kamal Award at the 2011 National Film Awards. Their next book, Gaata Rahe Mera Dil – 50 Classic Hindi Film Songs, was awarded the Excellence in Writing on Cinema at the 17th Mumbai Film Festival in 2015. Balaji freelances for Ei Shomoy, MetroPlus (The Hindu), Scroll, Quint and IBN Live.