Kavi Pradeep (कवि प्रदीप) (6 February 1915 - 11 December 1998) was a popular Indian poet and film lyricist, most known for his patriotic song, Aye Mere Watan Ke Logo (O! the people of my motherland!), written as tribute to the soldiers who had died defending the country, during the Sino-Indian War. The song was famously performed live, by Lata Mangeshkar, in the presence of Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru at the Ramlila grounds, New Delhi, on Republic Day, 26 January 1963 , and moved him to tears , and a copy of the soundtrack spool was also gifted to him on the ocassion. Despite many offers, Kavi Pradeep, pledged the royalties of the song to 'War Widows Fund', and on August 25, 2005, Bombay High Court, ordered, Saregama (HMV) to pay Rs 10 lakh as arrears in royalty due to the Fund .
His first recognition, for his patriotic song, "Chal chal re naujawan" (Come on ye Youth), in film Bandhan (1940), though it was for writing a daringly patriotic song, Door Haaton aye Duniya walon (Move Away O Outsiders), in India's first golden jubilee hit, Kismet (1943), that his status as nationalistic writer got immortalized, as soon after the film's release, having provoked the ire of British government, he was forced to go underground to avoid arrest .
In a career span, of nearly five decades, Kavi Pradeep, wrote about 1,700 songs , nationalistic poems including the lyrics for some 72 films, including hits like, Chal Chal Re Naujawan, film Bandhan (1940), Aao Bachchon Tumhe Dikhayen, film Jagriti (1954), De Di Hame Azaadi Bina Khadag Bina Dhaal, and Yahaan vahaan jahaan tahaan mat poochho kahaan kahaan, film Jai Santoshi Ma, (1975) for which he also did a playback version in the film. In 1958, HMV, released an album comprising of 13 songs with his lyrics, soon he was made the Rashtrakavi, (Poet Laureate), and came to be known as, Kavi Pradeep