Sahir Ludhianvi - The People's Poet

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HarperCollins, Dec 11, 2013 - Performing Arts - 340 pages
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Sahir Ludhianvi is probably the only songwriter in Hindi films whose poetry was accepted in its purest form and incorporated as a film song. 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 exhaustive biography traces the poet's rich life, from his troubled childhood and his equally troubled love relationships, to his rise as one of the pre-eminent personalities of the Progressive Writers Movement and his journey as lyricist through the golden era of Hindi film music, the 1950s and 1960s.
 

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Contents

Introduction
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Prologue
1729
A Bittersweet Inheritance
1730
Alma Martyr
1744
Of Poetry and Progressive Literature
1758
Partition Woes
1776
Bada Songwriter Banoonga
1788
The LyricalPlatinum Standard 7 Finding Love inthe Shadow ofOedipus 8 The Chopras Come Calling 9 Good but Only Kabhi Kabhie
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New Peaks New Associations
1876
On His OwnTerms 12 The Poet asaPeoples Conscience 13 A Man of Contradictions
1924
A PoetLyricist Like No Other
1935
Epilogue
1946
Timeline
1948
List of Film Songs
1950
Select Bibliography
Acknowledgements

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About the author (2013)

Akshay Manwani turned to freelance writing after a brief career in the corporate world. He has since written on Indian cinema and popular culture for a variety of publications such as the Caravan, Business Standard, Man's World and Mumbai Mirror. Akshay lives in Mumbai with his wife and daughter.

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