Dev Kohli is an Indian film industry lyricist. He was born in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. He started writing at the age of 10 inspired from his neighbor. He started learning in Dehradun, Uttarakhand. In his family, almost all members were in the military and he was expected to be in the military too. But he chose a different path and came to Mumbai at the age of 22.
He got his first break in movies by Shankar Jai Kishan. He wrote his first song for the movie ‘Lal Pathar’ and the song was “Geet Gata Hoon Main”. The movie was released in 1971 and the song became very famous. But even after writing such a hit song he was not recognized by the public. After that he struggled for almost 16 years to be recognized by the audience. He then got a chance from the film ‘Mene Pyaar Kiya’ by RajShri productions in 1989.
He wrote two songs for the film namely ‘Aate Jaate haste gate’ and ‘Aaja Sham Hone Aayi’. The movie and songs were a big hit and finally, Dev Kohli was a name in households. In the span of 16 years, he wrote many hit songs including Bhajan ‘Maati Ke Jalte Deepak’ sung by Mohammad Rafi and this Bhajan was in top 10 in those days, ‘Chal Chal Kahi Akele Mei’ and many more.
Some of his favorite songs are ‘Geet Gata Hoon Mei’, ‘Didi Tera Devar Deewana’, ‘Ye Kaali Kaali Ankhen’. During the time he was struggling, he chose spiritual way to deal with tension and wrote many Bhajans. He wrote many dohes for Radha Krishan. He now has experience of more than 30 in this industry. Dev Kohli had worked with many music directors including Shanka Jai Kishan,
and S.D. Burman. His song ‘Mene Pyar Kiya’ was a milestone. The famous song ‘Didi Tera Dewar Deewana’ was written after the tune was made and in a day. ‘Mayi Ni Mayi Munder Pe Tere’ song was written and then composed by music director Ram Lakshman.
He wrote many title songs for movies like Mela and the song was ‘Mela Dilon Ka Ata Hai’, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hai’, ‘Mene Pyaar Kiya’, ‘Hum Apke Hai Kon’ and many more. He has worked with Private albums too. His first experience of the album was with Baba Shegal for the album ‘
’. He has worked in other albums with Tip in the song ‘Jhanjar’, Rajshree album, with
, and so on.