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Jiya Jale The Stories of Songs – Gulzar

Nominated | Book Awards 2019 | English Non-fiction

Jiya Jale The Stories of Songs – Gulzar

Author: Gulzar in conversation with Nasreen Munni Kabir
Publisher: Speaking Tiger Publishing

Award Category: English Non-fiction
About the Book: 

A legend of Hindi cinema, Gulzar is among the Subcontinent’s finest poets and lyricists, whose songs have touched millions. He remains as popular today, and as sensitive a chronicler of our emotions, as he was half a century ago. And throughout, his work has been gloriously distinctive—especially for the unforgettable images and the intimacy he brings to his songs.
In this book of conversations with the acclaimed author and documentary filmmaker Nasreen Munni Kabir, Gulzar speaks about the making of his most enduring songs—from ‘Mora gora ang lai le’ (Bandini; 1963) and ‘Dil dhoondta hai’ (Mausam; 1975) to ‘Jiya jale’ (Dil Se; 1998) and ‘Dil toh bachcha hai ji’ (Ishqiya; 2010). He also discusses the songs of other greats, like Shailendra and Sahir Ludhianvi; his favourite music directors, like SD and RD Burman, Hemant Kumar and AR Rahman; and several playback singers, among them, Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, Asha Bhosle, Vani Jairam, Jagjit Singh and Bhupinder Singh.
Full of insight, anecdote and analysis—and containing over 40 songs, in roman script and English translation—this book is a treasure for students and lovers of Hindi cinema, music and poetry.

About the Author: 

Gulzar is one of the most respected and loved film and literary personalities of India. He is a veteran poet, lyricist, writer and director. He has written close to 1000 songs, besides writing and directing several iconic films, including Mere Apne, Koshish, Mausam, Aandhi, Angoor, Ijaazat and Maachis. He has also published books of poetry and collections of short stories—which have been translated from the original Urdu into Bengali, Marathi, Hindi, English and other languages—and a novel in English, Two.

Nasreen Munni Kabir is a reputed documentary filmmaker and writer on films. Based in London, she has made programmes on Hindi cinema for Channel 4 TV. Her several books include Guru Dutt: A Life in Cinema; Talking Films and Talking Songs with Javed Akhtar; A.R. Rahman: The Spirit of Music; Lata Mangeshkar: In Her Own Voice; and, most recently, Zakir Hussain: A Life in Music.

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