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Author | Film Music Historian
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 Hindi cinema's music has played as a key bonding medium in a country as disparate as ours. This fascination has motivated him to write several books on the subject. These are: Yesterday’s Melodies, Today’s Memories, Musical Moments From Hindi Films, Romancing The Song, Shiv Kumar Sharma, The Man and His Music (co-authored with two others), Talat Mahmood—The Velvet Voice, Hitting The Right Notes, The Hindi Music Jukebox and The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar. Besides these, he has written hundreds of music-related articles for a variety of newspapers. He has also been a consultant with Saregama India Ltd. and a show host on many radio platforms including WorldSpace Satellite Radio. He also teaches elements of Broadcasting to post-graduate students at Xavier Institute of Communications, a part of Xavier’s College, Mumbai. He is currently an adviser to Manipal University Press.
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Selected Writings
In The Media
January 23, 2024

A distinguished music critic, Hindi film connoisseur and author, Manek Premchand has always been fascinated by Hindi cinema’s music.

November 28, 2012

THE words have always mattered. In the world of Hindi film music, the lyricist has most often been an equal contributor.

Feb 5, 2007

Musical Moments From Hindi Films Rifling through the pages of this book, regardless of its grainy photographs and less-than perfect production values, is like unlocking that secret part of your heart that goes dhadhak-dhadhak (this is after all Bollywood) every time an old Hindi film song plays.

16 Jan,20 | Reviews by Dr. Santosh Bakaya

This book on Majrooh Sultanpuri one of the prominent musical forces in Hindi films.

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