The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar

Manek Premchand


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Author: Manek Premchand
Pages: 440
ISBN: 978-81-939555-3-6

Foreword by GULZAR


With a study of his Bengali repertoire by
Antara Nanda Mondal and Sounak Gupta

Hemant Kumar, what a wonderful singer, what a gifted composer! Decades after this amazing man left us, we sing his songs and enjoy his tunes, not just in Mumbai and Kolkata, but everywhere music buffs live.

The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar looks in detail at specific areas of Hemant Kumar’s work. Chapters include the journey of his life, from Varanasi to Calcutta to Bombay and back to Calcutta. It lists his discographies as a singer—both in Hindi and Bengali films—as also out of cinema in many languages. It identifies his songs as a composer, again in his work in many languages.

The essays address his singing—in that famous baritone voice, his compositions, the classical raags that his tunes romanced with, the instruments he frequently used, the singers and lyricists that he worked with, and his Rabindra Sangeet.

Featured is an interview with his son Jayanto and much more. Popular personalities like him, who have spent decades doing stellar work, often have plenty of trivia attached to them and their work. As such, we have put together a largish chapter on such trivia about Hemant Kumar.



4 reviews for The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar

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    Rita P.

    A must buy Book

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    A must buy for all Hemet Kumar his Music fans.
    An in-depth study done by the writer and very well narrated too. As you read you go from page to page into the life and works of Hemet Kumar.
    i loved the layout, cover, and most of the photos in the book too.
    Only wish they had a hardback copy of this fascinating book.

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    Ashok Nanavati

    Great Singer,Greater composer, Greatest evaluation.

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    Great Work from a great author, an authority especially on memorable music of the hindustani cinema. Simply marvellous. This work on Hemantda not only vividly describes his life and times, but also provides full information about his renditions and compositions created in Hindi, Bangla and other regional languages as well. Hats off to Manekji.

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    A Must for Hemant Kumar Fans

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    The Unforgettable Music of Hemant Kumar” is the latest work to emerge from the prolific pen of Manek Premchand. Since 1997, he has been chronicling Hindi film music extensively through books and newspaper columns. His previous work on the crooner Talat Mehmood was well received and appreciated.

    The book on Hemant Kumar is in two parts. In the first part, Premchand takes us through the life and times of Hemant Kumar and his music. It has a wealth of information on the songs he sang and composed, the actors who sang his songs on the screen, the influence of Rabindra Sangeet on Hemanta (remember that Hemanta had one foot in Bombay and another in Calcutta), and much useful information. Premchand’s interview with Jayonto Mukherjee has nuggets of news and views on Hemant Kumar. There is a trivia section, too.

    In the second part, songs sung/composed by Hemant Kumar are listed chronologically. Premchand is ably assisted by Antara Mondal and Sounak Gupta for the Bengali repertoire of Hemant Kumar.

    There is a foreword by Gulzar who feels enriched for his long association with Hemant Kumar.

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    Harshvardhan Laad

    बेहतरीन बुक

    सर जी ,
    ग्रेट श्री हेमंत कुमार साहब पर आपके द्वारा प्रकाशित बुक बहुत ही अच्छी और विस्तृत है। तमाम जिज्ञासाओं का समाधान करती है ।
    तथ्य और आँकड़े भी व्यवस्थित है।बेहतरीन बुक के लिये बधाई ।।?

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Manek Premchand

Mumbai, India
About the Author/Editor

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 six books on the subject. These are Yesterdays’ Melodies Today’s Memories, Musical Moments From Hindi Films, Romancing The Song, Talat Mahmood—The Velvet Voice, Hitting The Right Notes—Hindi Cinema’s Golden Music and The Hindi Film Jukebox—Exploring Unforgettable Songs. A seventh book Shiv Kumar Sharma — The Man And His Music was co-authored with two others. 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.