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Bahar-E-Naghma: Ghazals from Indian Films (Roman Script with English Translation)

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Item Code: BAD905
Author: Sanjiv Saraf
Publisher: Rekhta Publications
Language: Romanized Text with English Translation
Edition: 2022
ISBN: 9789394494053
Pages: 223
Cover: Paperback
Other Details 9.00 X 6.00 inch
Weight 330 gm
Book Description
About the Book

For decades, Urdu ghazals have been an integral part of Indian films. Owing to their rhythm and soulful diction, they have been instrumental in rendering various popular ghazals to enchant the audience. Indian film industry has featured hundreds of such ghazals penned by a number of established Urdu poets including but not limited to Mirza Ghalib, Jan Nisar Akhtar, Kaifi Azmi, Majrooh Sultanpuri, Shahryar, Shakeel Badayuni and Sahir Ludhiyanvi.

This book is a collection of 100 such ghazals which have been sung by different talented voices.

Along with the original text of the ghazals, there are their transcreation in English rhyme and QR codes which enable the readers to access videos of musical renditions of these ghazals.

This is a unique book which would provide readers a delightful, immersive and enlightening experience.

About the Author

Sanjiv Saraf an Industrialist, investor and social entrepreneur Sanjiv Saraf juggles many roles, but his passion for Urdu poetry is what is closest to his heart. He set up Rekhta Foundation-which hosts the world's largest and most popular resource for Urdu language and literature-apart from doing extensive work for preservation of texts and propagation of the language among youth through festivals and events.

An alumnus of the Scindia School (1975) and a graduate from IIT Kharagpur (1980), Sanjiv was involved in business and industry for over thirty years during which he founded Polyplex Corpn. Ltd., an Indian multinational, Manupatra, India's leading legal database, and other ventures in the green energy space. Thereafter, he turned his energies towards Urdu literature and is now fully involved in what he considers 'the most satisfying work of my life, so far.

Sanjiv is a recipient of several awards and honours, including the distinguished Doctor of Letters (D. Litt.) degree by Maulana Azad National Urdu University Hyderabad in 2016, the National Sir Syed Excellence Award 2018 by Aligarh Muslim University for his contribution to the cause of preserving and promoting Urdu and the Madhav Award as an Old Boy of Eminence for the year 2020 by the Scindia School for his outstanding work through Rekhta Foundation.


Most people are aware that the Ghazal is the most well-known and popular genre of Urdu poetry. The mass popularity of Ghazals is really due to their musical renditions. These renditions can broadly be classified into two streams. For the sake of simplicity, I will call them classical and Filmi: -

1. Classical ghazals are those which have been set to music and rendered by popular singers like Mehdi Hasan, Ghulam Ali, Jagjit Singh, Abida Parveen, Farida Khanum etc. However, this type is still somewhat limited to serious ghazal fans.

2. Filmi ghazals, as the name suggests, are those ghazals which have been used in Indian Films. Bollywood, especially in the 1950-1970 era, and even after that to a lesser degree, has made extensive use of Urdu poetry, both ghazals and geets, in its songs, These songs are evergreen hits, and most people love them and remember them even until today.

In my earlier book Golden Verses Golden Voices, I have selected my favourite sung ghazals and presented them along with their transcreations and with QR codes to help readers understand better and to enjoy fully their musical renditions.

This book is a selection of my favourite ghazals from Indian Films ranging from 1945 to 1999. Here also I have transcreated the ghazals and given QR codes to link each one to its Youtube clip to make the experience doubly enjoyable.

**Contents and Sample Pages**

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