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Manek Premchand

Manek Premchand has a Diploma in Journalism and a degree in Arts from Bombay University. He has many friends in the film industry, and remains fascinated by the enormous role that cinema has played as a key gluing medium in a country as disparate as ours. This fascination has motivated him to write five books on the subject. These are Yesterday’s Melodies Today’s Memories, Musical Moments From Hindi Films, Romancing The Song, Talat Mahmood—The Velvet Voice, and Hitting The Right Notes. A sixth book, Shiv Kumar Sharma—The Man And His Music, was co-authored with two others. Besides theseRead More...

Windows to the Soul

Books by Manek Premchand

This book, covering a range of music essays, is a compendium of many articles that were published in several newspapers and have since been updated. The collection also features many subjects not published before. Some of our films’ great artists are profiled, especially in their relationship with songs we remember them by. Such people include the actors Dilip Kumar, Rajendra Kumar and Sadhana, the composer Madan Mohan, and the singer Mukesh. Musical instrum

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Yesterday’s Melodies Today’s Memories

Books by Manek Premchand

Yesterday’s Melodies, Today’s Memories is an attempt to profile the great artistes—singers, lyricists and composers—who were part of the huge tidal wave of Hindi cinema’s music from 1931 to about 1970.  Greater attention is given to the ‘50s and ‘60s, which period is now commonly considered the golden age of our film music. The book tries to bring these gifted people on the timeline of one stage, in a manner of speaking. Who was Manna D

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The Hindi Music Jukebox

Books by Manek Premchand

This Indian film music book is a collection of eighty essays about the people who made remarkable music in Bollywood cinema, especially during the great era, and the ideas such people brought to the recording studios. When songs had to go without rhythms or when melodies had plenty of Q n A in them. In this music book, we flirt with Rock n Roll and scan songs that speed up at the end, we peep behind the screen to see what the idea was behind chorus songs in ou

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