Anand Bakshi joined the Corps of Signals soon after Independence in 1947, and was in 1 STC Jabalpur, before getting posted to Bombay, where he got into the filmworld, as a playback singer. But soon turned a lyricist and wrote some of the finest songs of our age.
His first published poem appeared in an Army publication, “Sainik Samachar”, and this boosted his morale and gave him confidence to try in Hindi films. Later on, in the late 90’s, he even wrote a special song for the Indian Military Academy, Dehra Dun. He also wrote a song for the Corps of Signals, on their invitation. After his death, the Corps of Signals established a “Bakshi Corner” in their Corps Museum to showcase his achievements.
It is his Signal mates who encouraged him to try his luck in Hindi films as an actor, writer or singer. He served in the Corps of Signals for four years until he left for Bombay on 12 April 1951. He has thereafter written over 4000 songs.