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Published by Harper Collins India, 2013

Published by Harper Collins India, 2013

Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet is a biography of Urdu poet and Hindi film songwriter Sahir Ludhianvi. The book includes an in-depth analysis of Sahir’s 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.

Media coverage and events:

Author interview: Time Out Delhi extensively detailed my journey in writing the book here.

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From L to R: Shantanu Ray Chaudhuri, Irshad Kamil and Akshay Manwani

Mumbai book launch: Sahir Ludhianvi: The People’s Poet was launched in Mumbai by noted poet and film lyricist, Irshad Kamil on 4 January 2014 at Kitab Khana.

Book excerpts: Mint Lounge, Mumbai Mirror and TheBigIndianPicture.com all carried excerpts from the book.

From L to R: Jai Arjun Singh, Gauhar Raza and Akshay Manwani

From L to R: Jai Arjun Singh, Gauhar Raza and Akshay Manwani

Delhi book launch: The book was launched in Delhi by Gauhar Raza and Jai Arjun Singh on 18 December 2013 at the India International Centre. The Hindu wrote about the launch here.

The book is available at all leading bookstores in India. You can also pick up a copy of the book from Flipkart or Infibeam or Amazon India. For readers outside India, you can pick up a copy of the book here.

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