This book is a sister project, part of the much larger project undertaken by the two of us, with the help of many volunteers. Full details of the project can be seen on the main website
The project is an outgrowth of the massive Hindi Film Geet Kosh (1980-) series of books compiled by the first author. The website is planned to contain all the data in the Geet Kosh, suitably expanded and Rev by including the latest information.
The whole history of the Geet Kosh may be read in the My Story section of the above-mentioned website. Suffice it to say that after the pioneering work of Firoze Rangoonwalla and BV Dharap, Geet Kosh was a unique and original compilation work expanding the earlier work in many directions.
The database on the website is divided into three section for convenience. The Censor Certificate section has the information about the censored films. The Filmography section has the information about film production and other details. The Song section has detailed information about the songs.
It is a work in progress.
This book is based on the Filmography Section of Hindi Talkies Feature Films from 1951 to 1960.
Har Mandir Singh 'Hamraaz'
Born and brought up at Kanpur [India], he inherited the quality of love for music from his mother and mother's mother who herself used to be very good singers of Punjabi Shabad and folk songs. His earliest memories go back to 1958-59 when 78 rpm gramophone discs were played on during marriages and heard over the loud speakers. 'Do sitaaron ka zameen par hai milan aaj ki raat...' (Kohinoor), 'Dil ki kahaani rang laayi hai...' (Chaudhvin Ka Chand), etc. film songs are vivid in his mind which are tied with his earliest memories. During his matriculation [1966-67], he started listing the songs of his choice but he was not satisfied because it always remained incomplete. He used to become restless for months together and continued spending hours to ascertain the name of film or singer or music director or lyricist of a particular song heard from broadcasting stations like Radio Ceylon, All India Radio (Urdu Service), Vividh Bharti, etc. In the absence of any authentic book which could provide him full credits of all songs of Hindi films, he was prompted to compile such information.
After completing graduation in June 1972, he joined the State Bank of India, Local Head Office, Kanpur in July 1972. After the shifting of Local Head Office to Lucknow in April 1982, he was posted at its Zonal Office, Kanpur. It was only after the beginning of publication of Hindi Film Geet Kosh volumes in January 1980 that he got married in December 1980 with Satinder Kaur who is now the publisher of these volumes. Having said goodbye to the State Bank of India on 30th November 2011 upon his natural retirement, he is now happily devoting his full time for the remaining compilation work.
Prof Surjit Singh,
a diehard movie fanatic, period,
He is a retired Theoretical Physicist. He has been watching Hindi movies since 1952, has been collecting Hindi songs, movies and magazines since 1969, and has been writing about these things since 1996. He has had a website since 1999,
Publisher: professor toofaani publishers, Lansing, MI USA
Number of Pages: 244
Interior Pages: B&W
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