Balaji Vittal, a Jadavpur University Civil Engineering Graduate, is a second-generation Calcuttan. His co-authored bestseller, R.D. Burman: The Man, The Music, earned the President’s Swarn Kamal Award at the 2011 National Film Awards.
Gaata Rahe Mera Dil: 50 Classic Hindi Film Songs, their next book, won the Excellence in Writing on Cinema award at the 17th Mumbai Film Festival in 2015. Balaji writes as a freelancer for Ei Shomoy, Metro Plus (The Hindu), Scroll, Quint, and IBN Live.