Talking songs: Javed Akhtar in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir and sixty selected songs by Javed Akhtar

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Oxford University Press, May 12, 2005 - Music - 252 pages
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This book is centred around an engaging and lively conversation on the Hindi/Urdu film song between the renowned poet and lyricist, Javed Akhtar and documentary film director and author Nasreen Munni Kabir.

One of the first on the subject, the book also includes a selection of sixty songs written by Javed Akhtar for the many hugely successful films to which he has contributed. These songs are a reminder of the excellence of his work and for those unfamiliar with Hindi/Urdu, English translations are
also provided.

It is an established fact that the Indian film song enjoys an enormous impact, and has always been a vital part of the national culture. For the reader, it is a rare privilege to discover the thinking that went behind a song that can be heard in a billion homes. This book will interest and appeal
to Hindi film and music buffs within India and outside.

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User Review  - Devarsi Ghosh - Goodreads

A very small book. One-third of it is Javed Akhtar speaking on the art of lyric-writing, the finer nuances of it and how different it is from poetry, how Indian lyric-writing has developed over time ... Read full review

Contents

Javed Akhtar in Conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir
1
Sixty Selected Songs by Javed Akhtar
53
Border Mere dushman mere bhdl mere hamsae
99
1942 A Love Story Kuchh nd kaho
119
Papa Kehte Hain Ghar se nikalte
133
Kuchh Na Kaho Bdt men sumye to zara
179
List of Songs
248
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About the author (2005)

Nasreen Munni Kabir is an independent television producer and director, running her own company in London. She has directed several documentary films, among them, In Search of Guru Dutt for Channel 4. She was for many years the Indian cinema consultant for Channel 4.

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