Kitab Khana and HarperCollins Publishers India invite you to the book launch of " Sahir Ludhianvi - the people's poet " by Akshay Manwani

04-Jan-2014
5:45 pm
Kitab Khana

Dear Readers,
Date : 4th January, 2013
Day: Saturday.
Time : 5:45pm
Venue : Kitab Khana.
 
About the book:
 
A Progressive poet who loved and lived the good life; a 'revolutionary poet' who wrote some of the most enduring love songs of Hindi cinema; an atheist who created several remarkable devotional songs; an egotist who alienated several big-ticket music directors, yet stood up for a number of immensely talented newcomers; an idealist who waged a lone battle to have the contribution of lyricists acknowledged... Sahir Ludhianvi was an enigma: a difficult man to understand, and even harder to sympathize with, but one who has never ceased to fascinate.
 
Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form. So great was his stature as an Urdu poet that he never had to mould his poetry to suit the demands of film songwriting; instead producers and composers adapted their requirements to his poetry. His songs in films like Pyaasa, Naya Daur and Phir Subah Hogi have attained the status of classics. 
 
This well-researched biography includes an in-depth analysis of his poetry and songs, translations of some of his finest works, both in cinema and out of it, and interviews with a galaxy of luminaries like Javed Akhtar, Yash Chopra and Dev Anand. It traces the poet’s rich life, from his troubled childhood and equally troubled love relationships, to his rise as one of the pre-eminent personalities of the Progressive Writers’ Movement, and tracks his journey as lyricist through the golden era of Hindi film music, the 1950s and 1960s.
 
Author profile:
 
Akshay Manwani turned to freelance writing after a brief career in the corporate world. His writings on popular Indian culture have appeared in The Caravan, Business Standard, Man's World and Mumbai Mirror.
 
His attempt to profile the life and work of Sahir Ludhianvi stems from the belief that much needs to be done to preserve the legacy of unsung legends. It is also his way of saying thank you to the poet-lyricist who gave him immeasurable joy through his songs.
 
Akshay lives in Mumbai with his wife and daughter.
 
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