Swanand Kirkire (born 1970) is an Indian lyricist, playback singer, writer, also a television serial writer, assistant director, dialogue writer, both in television and Hindi films. Swanand Kirkire was born and brought up at Rambagh in Indore-based Marathi speaking family to Chintamani (father) and Neelambari (mother), both of whom are classical singers. However he has no formal training in singing. He moved to Delhi after doing his graduation in commerce. In 1996, Swanand graduated from National School of Drama and started doing theater.