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MIRZA GHALIB - A BIOGRAPHICAL SCENARIO

Gulzar saab has recently completed his new book, a tribute to Mirza Ghalib titled "Mirza Ghalib - A Biographical Scenario". The book features the life and times of the legendary poet from eighteenth century in an unusual manner. The sketches are drawn straight from the works of ghalib. The scenes and stories are created from ghalib's poetry couplets and nazms. Rather than telling the historical story of his times, gulzar saab's narrative is woven around ghalib's couplets and the scenarios are created to explain why and how ghalib had written his magical couplets, ghazals and nazms. On the release of the book gulzar saab described ghalib as one of the greatest poets ever lived.

"In sheer imagery, every bit of which has been derived from the sights and sounds of India, he reigns supreme. I am but his humble servant," said Gulzar.

"His other servants have passed away, as has Ghalib, but I am still in his service."

"In every age, people will turn to him for words whenever they want to find words to express the deepest passions of their heart"

The book is published by Rupa & Co and priced Rs. 395 and USD 8.50 respectively.

Related Links :I am Ghalib's Servant || Gulzar releases book || Buy Online at Oxford Bookstore

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Latest about Gulzar is our Dear PAVAN JHA's own department. He informs us that This year Government of India has conferred Gulzar saab with the National Honour of PADMABHUSHAN. _

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PAHELI : Gulzar saab and MM Kreem together

Amol Palekar's latest film 'Paheli' presents the poetry of gulzar saab and the soulful compositions of MM Kreem together for the first time. 'Paheli' is based on a Rajasthani folk tale of Sh. Vijay daan detha and features Shahrukh Khan and Raani Mukherjee in the lead.

THE BLUE UMBRELLA TO UNFOLD SOON : CHHATARI CHOR IS COMING SOON

Vishal Bhardwaj is 'chup-ke se' ready with his next film titled 'The Blue Umbrella' (aka Chhatari Chor). Pankaj Kapoor is playing the lead with Shreya a new comer child artist. Gulzar saab has once again written some lovely numbers for the film...

The Blue umbrella is an adaptation of Ruskin Bond's story Binya's Blue Umbrella. Its a story of 11 year old girl who possesses The Blue Umbrella... Pankaj Kapoor is playing an old school teacher wants to own that "Blue Umbrella" at any cost.

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=DHUAAN=
One more jewel in the crown of Gulzar saab as he has been chosen for this years Sahitya Akademy Award for his short storybook Dhuaan.  Heartiest congratulations to Gulzar saab on this achievement from all Gulzarfans .
 
 
=life-time achievement award=
 
Sarod Maestro Amjad Ali Khan presented a life-time achievement award to Gulzar saabin New York.

The award was given away at a function on Sunday night organized by one of the oldest American Indian body, Association of Indians in America.

The citation listed his achievements including as poet, film-maker and director. He spoke about Gulzar's achievements and involvement in almost all facets of movie-making and said no one deserved the award more than him.

The night itself was devoted to Gulzar and several of his poems were sung by various artistes. Particularly appreciated was Uma Dogra's dance set to the tune of Gulzar's poem 'Aankhon me saawan'. Gulzar saab recited some of his popular poems like 'Sarhad paar se' and 'Kitaabein'

=Kharaashein now in the form of a book=

Kharaashein, The famous play of Salim Arif woven around the stories and poerty of Gulzar is now available in the form of a book. The book is recently released by Radhakrishna Prakashan Delhi. The book not only features the script of the play but also provides some photographs during its shows and cast credits. Kharaashein was first staged in July 2002 in Mumbai. Since then it has been staged in various parts of India and received critical acclaim from all over.

=Gulzar's Next Film ?=

[thru unconfirmed sources ] Gulzar saab is going to start his next film very soon... but this film wont be a Hindi film but Bangla film... The film is based on a Rabindranath Tagore's creation Shesher Kobita (Last Poem). It is expected that Rituparno Sengupta will play the leading lady... will post more details after confirmation... Presently Gulzar saab is busy in shooting for Munshi Premchand's Stories for Doordarshan.
Related Links : Bangalonthenet News

=Awaaz mein lipati Khamoshi

- A book on a letter to Gulzar=

Recently a book was released in Lahore, Pakistan titled "Awaaz mein liptee khamoshi". The whole book is one long letter of 142 Pages, written to Gulzar by Mr. Gulsher Butt of Lahore. The book is a unique effort as Mr. Gulsher Butt has covered Gulzar Sahab's stories, songs, poems, Ghazaliyaat and information available on the internet and the interesting fact is the Mr. Gulsher Butt has never met Gulzar Saab in person or even heard Gulzar saab's voice. The book starts with the verse from gulzar saab:

Mushkil hai aakaash pe chalana, Taarey paaon mein chubhtey hain

 

[Information courtesy :Jehangir Parvez, Pakistan]


=Saathiya=

Gulzar-Rahman's new film Saathiya's music is out and available...

Saathiya is the debute directional venture of Shaad Ali (Son of Mujaffar Ali) presented by yashraj films. Saathiya, a Vivek Oberoi-Rani Mukherjee, Shahrukh Khan starrer, is a remake of tamil superhit "Alai payuthe"[[a maniratnam film]- Sakhi in Teleugu]. The TV Promos are airing the Title song "saathiya"... [Pachai nirme of Alai payuthe]. Alai payuthe was a good mix of melody and rythm and sounds youthful.... ARR won filmfare award for the film..

At the first listening, the album sounds great specially for those who haven't introduced to its its Tamil original Alaiyapayuthe ... Rahaman's compositions, gulzar's words and Singers rendering have blended together well... There are few surprises, one Punjabi song sung by Rahman [I bet if you dont take a look at credits, you wont know its Rahman], and one by Adnan Sami... Asha Bhosle's Chori pe chori is the one which doesn't feel as good as its Tamil original "September Madham" of Alaiyapuyuthu otherwise all songs are as good as Tamil album... Two new songs are added in the Hindi version one, the Rahman number and other one is another good number by Sadhan Sargam and Madhushree...

The Track listing is as follows:

1. Saathiya - Sonu Nigam
2. Chhalka Chhalka re - Richa Sharma, Mahalaxmi, Vaishali, Shoma
3. Aye udi udi udi - Adnan Sami
4. Chupke Se - sadhan sargam, Murtza, Qadir
5. O humdun suniyo re - KK, Shaan, Kunal, Pravin Mani
6. Mera Yaar mila de - ARR
7. Naina Milake - Sadhan Sargam and Madhushree
8. Mangalyam - KK, Shaan, Kunal, Srinivas
9. Chori pe Chori - Asha Bhosle, Karthik

Gulzar saheb's new poetry album is out and available.. its titled "Udaas Paani" on Times Music.. The album provides a rich fusion of Indian Ragas and world music woven with Gulzar saheb's soul stirring poetry.. All 8 nazms are rendered by gulzar saheb and the supporting act of music is provided by a ney kid on the Block Abhishek Ray. A unique experiment of blending gulzar's poetry and Indian ragaa based compositions..

The album features 8 nazms of Gulzar

Side A
1. Chand ki peshani 2. Kab aate ho 3. Taskeen 4. Teri aankhein

Side B
1. Shikaar 2. Ek Nazm 3. Udaas Paani 4. Alaav

The album and audio clips are available at http://www.timesmusic.com/

Checkout what Gulzar and Abhishek Ray has to say about Udaas Paani at
http://www.rediff.com/entertai/2002/oct/19gul.htm

=Pinjar=
Pinjar, a film based on a story of Amrita Pritam, was recently launched. Gulzar saheb will provide the lyrics for the film. The music is by Uttam Singh. The film directed by Chandra Prakash Dwiwedi ("Chanakya" fame) will feature Urmila Mattondkar and Manoj Bajpai in the leading roles.

=Shafaq =
After AKS, Gulzar saheb is working for another psychopathic-thriller Shafaq, with the trio of Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy for Mamooty- Raveena starrer. The film is being directed by debutant Bapaditya Rao.

=Laal Salaam =
The team which provided us haunting melodies in Lekin and Maya Memsaab is together again. Gulzar saheb is working with Lata Mangeshkar and Hridaynath Mangeshkar for Laal Salaam, a low budget film produced by Sanjeev Karambelkar and directed by Gaganvihari Borate. Music Director Hridyanath Mangeshkar recently recorded all six songs for the film.

Nandita Das, Sharad Kapoor and Makarand Deshpande are the main stars in this high tension naxal drama. The audio is soon to be released on Saregama-HMV.


. =AB Corps Film=

Gulzar saheb will be penning the lyrics of ABCorp's next venture. The yet untitled film will feature Amir Khan in the main lead and brother Mansoor Khan will be the director. Anu Malik will be giving the music.

=Leela=
Lemon Tree Production a Hollywood company, launched their maiden venture Leela, with Dimple Kapadia and Vinod Khanna in the lead cast. Gulzar saheb is providing lyrics for this international venture for the compositions tuned by Jagjeet singh and Shantnu Moitra(Abke saawan fame). The film, story of an Indian-Americal immigrant boy, will be shot at US in the coming months. The film is directed by Somnath Seth and produced by two indian americans Kavita Munjal and Anjlika Mathur.

=Birf=

Gulzar saheb writes lyrics for Birf(snow), for the debutant director Vishal Bhardwaj (yes, you got it right, the music director Vishal ventures into film direction). Recently a number of songs recorded for the film. The music director is Vishal ofcourse!. watch out for more details in coming days.

=Triveni=

A great news for the fans of poet Gulzar. A new poetry collection titled "Triveni" is released in Urdu and Hindi."Triveni" by Rupa&Co features the collection of trivenis by Gulzar saheb. Triveni is an innovative form of peotry which is a bit different from the usual forms like sher and ghazal. Unlike shers, the trivenis are written with three misra's (three lines of poetry) where first two lines forms a complete sher and the introduction of third misra(line) gives the sher a new dimension or meaning. Sher ko kuchh naye maani mil jaate hain... ek baangi dekhiye...

Haath mila kar dekha aur kuchh soch ke mera naam liya
Jaise ye sarwark kisi novel pe pahle dekh hai --
Rishtey kuchh bas band kitaabon mein hi achhe lagte hain...

AGNEE KI UDAAN (WINGS OF FIRE) : Audiobook on Honorable President Abdul Kalaam's Autobiography

The hindi and urdu version of the audio book of Honorable President Abdul Kalaam's auto-biography titled Agni Ki Udaan was recently released on SKY Music (more popularly known as Karaditales Music). The complete audiobook is translated and narrated by Gulzar saab. The audiobook features narration of the autobiography by Gulzar saab with background music by Three Brothers and a Voilin (remember Bandar-Bindaas-Bandar?). A few devotional tracks in the voices of Shankar Mahadevan and Bombay Jayashree are also included within the narration. Watch out for more details soon.

More Links :Wings of Fire @ Karaditales.com

 

BUNTI AUR BUBLI  By shaad Ali has Gulzar-magic

The sound track features six peppy numbers penned by Gulzar saab and composed by the trio of Shankar-Ehsan-Loy. The film features Amitabh and Abhishek Bachchan together for the first time on the screen with Rani Mukherjee in the female lead. The highlight of the album is a peppy qawwali featuring Amitabh, Abhishek and Aishwarya together on screen. The soundtrack listing is as below

1. DHADAK DHADAK - Udit Narayan, Sunidhi Chauhan & Nihira Joshi
2. CHUP CHUP KE - Sonu Nigam & Mahalaxmi Iyer
3. NACH BALIYE - Shankar Mahadevan, Sowmya Raoh & Loy Mendonsa
4. BUNTY AUR BABLI - Sukhwinder Singh, Jaspinder Narula, Shankar Mahadevan & Siddharth Mahadevan
5. B n B Rap - Blaaze, Shankar Mahadevan & Loy Mendonsa Lyrics: Blaaze
6. KAJRA RE - Alisha Chinai, Shankar Mahadevan & Javed Ali


 

=Padma Bhushan=
Gulzar, Amrita Pritam, Venkatachaliah on Padma list

As many as 20 eminent people have been conferred the Padma Bhushan. Among them are poet, lyricist and filmmaker Gulzar, violinist N. Rajan, agriculture scientist S.S. John and Karnataka-based yoga practitioner Padmanabhan. The highest civilian award the Padma Vibhushan goes this year to astrophysicist Jayant V. Narlikar, Punjabi writer Amrita Pritam and former Chief Justice of India M.N. Venkatachaliah. Indian cricket captain Sourav Ganguly and his deputy Rahul Dravid are to get Padma Shrees.Sixty people are honoured with the Padma Shree. Among them are journalist M.V. Kamath, Oriya writer Manoranjan Dash, writer Vishnu Prabhakar, musician Bharati Raja, long-jumper Anju Bobby George, who won a gold and silver medal at the Busan Asiad in 2002, and city dentist Siddharth Mehta.
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=Life Time Achievement=
Filmfare Life Time Achievement Award-2001 is presented to Gulzar saheb .

=Gulzar-Jagjeet-NeenaGupta =

the trio completes the hat-trick of compositions (Title song) together for the serials produced by Neena Gupta with the latest presentation Siski on Star Plus. After Saans and Palchhin this is the third consecutive serial with the title track by Gulzar-Jagjeet Singh.

=Suron pe chalta afsana =

Sunset Point - A new non-film album by Gulzar saheb on Sony Music is the latest creation of Gulzar saheb. Featuring narration and 8 songs of Gulzar saheb composed by Vishal. The lead singers are Bhupinder Singh and Chitra. The promotional video has once again been directed by Meghna Gulzar after Marasim.

=A Serial on Premchand Stories =

Gulzar saheb's new tele serial Teherir is being shown on Doordarshan .It is based on stories of Munshi Premchand.

=Raat Pashmine Ki =

A new poetry collection of Gulzar saheb is  released . The collection is published by Mansoora Ahmed, daughter of Baba Ahmed Nasim Qasim in Pakistan. Check out for more details www.gulzaronline.com

=Koi Achha Sa Bachcha=

Gulzar saheb will be directing a new serial "Koi Achha Sa Bachcha" for the DD's new channel DD PRIME. The serial is based on the famous novel "A Suitable Boy" by Vikram Seth. More details in coming days


For more news mail with our reference to pavanjha@gulzaronline.com