Light of the Universe

Essays on Hindustani Film Music

Second Edition, Revised and Enlarged

Subjects: Culture and arts,

ISBN(s) 978-81-88789-88-7
Pub. Date October 2012
Pages xii, 188
Dimensions 8.5 x 5.5 in.
Rights All Rights Available
  India Elsewhere
Paperback 978-81-88789-88-7
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Starting with the premise that Hindustani cine-song and cine-music has been the main narrative, rather than a pleasant diversion, for the movie-loving public, the author has undertaken a journey into the enchanting world of singers, musicians, lyricists and assessed their contribution as powerful creators of popular culture, as interpreters of the subcontinental ethos, people’s aspirations and desires, and as bold painters on the canvas of time. They capture the very processes of history and struggles within cultures that have shaped our lives in last one century.


  1. Foreword: Preface to the Second Edition
  2. Introduction: The Long Life of Hindustani Film Music
  3. Noor Jahan: Portrait of a Female Indo-Pakistani Artist
  4. Lyrical Griefwork: The Genius of Sajjad Hussain
  5. Shailendra: The Lyrical Romance of Suicide
  6. Baiju Bawra: Musical Reaction or Revolution?
  7. The Female Voice in Hindustani Film Songs
  8. Postscript
  9. Appendix: Timeline 2008–2012

On the cover: Noor Jahan

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Ashraf Aziz was born in Tanga, Tanzania, into a small British Indian community in diaspora. His ancestors were brought to East Africa from Sialkot, now in Pakistan, in the 1890s to help build the railway. His parents decided to make Tanganyika (now... Read more

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