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Edwina Violette

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Note: The book is now available as kindle electronic book.

I am happy to announce the release of the Kindle electronic version of the Edwina Violette biography. It is available in Amazon sites all over the world. Amazon allowed a minimum price of $1.99. For other sites they calculated the price. For example in India it is Rs 133.

No text was changed but I made a few enhancements. The photos are in color. I have included her images from her films. Lastly, there are clickable links that take you the YouTube site for her songs, mainly uploaded by Tom Daniel.

A Hindi version is in preparation.

Here are the links for US and India.

Amazon US Kindle Edition

Amazon India Kindle Edition

Edwina: An Unsung Bollywood Dancer of the Golden Era

Edwina Book Errata

Where to Buy

For people in India, it is also on flipkart now:

 And Amazon India

 The book has been published and should be available on Amazon world-wide (for US$5.95 + shipping) and possibly at other sites.

Not sure about the bookstores. In India look for it on Please do not order from Amazon India.  They will charge you US$5.95 + shipping from USA!  For India, the best is, Rs 199 + shipping.

Greta Kaemmer wrote a post about ir on her blog

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Panjabi Film Sangeet Granth


Panjabi Film Sangeet Granth (November 2015)

I have never met him, but have known about him and his work on Panjabi films for more than 20 years. The name of Bhim Raj Garg is well-known to the researchers of Indian cinema, specially Panjabi Cinema. I offer two examples. In the "Routledge Handbook of Indian Cinemas"  by Gokulsing and  Dissanayake (2013), his article on 75 years of Panajbi Cinema is cited with approval. Also, he rendered invaluable help in the "Encyclopedia of Indian Cinema" by Rajadhyakdha and Willemen (1999).

Garg recently mentioned that the Panajbi Film Geet Kosh, named Panjabi Film Sangeet Granth, is almost ready for publication now. The announcement in Panjabi is given below later . The contact info for him and his co-author Mandeep Singh Sidhu is given in English.

Here is the article on 75 Years of Panjabi Cinema by Bhim Raj Garg. He kindly sent me both versions. . It was published on June 4, 2011 in the Panjabi Tribune. The English version is appearing here for the first time.

Article in Panjabi 

Article in English

Panjabi Geet Kosh


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Filmi Titliyan

Filmi Titliyan by Bijli Jampuri

It is in Urdu and was published in Hyderabad in 1945. It gives biographical info of 89 actresses of that period.

Starlets Index

Filmi Titliyan Part A 1945 (pages 1-74)

Filmi Titliyan Part B 1945 (pages 75-146)

Filmi Titliyan Part C 1945 (pages 147-224) 

Here are few details about contents, .

Publisher: Raj Publishing House, Hyderabad, Deccan
Distributor: Veena Book Supply Company, Post Box 36
                 Secunderabad, Deccan.
Issue: March !945
Price: Rs.3

Actresses listed,

1) Urmila Devi
2) Aruna Devi
3) Isha Lata
4) Anjali Devi
5) Indira
6) Anuradha
7) Anees Qatun
8) Uma Shashi
9) Brij Rani
10) Baby Akhtar
11) Begum Para
12) Beena Pali
13) Bharati Devi
14) Pramila
15) Prabha
16) Protimadas Gupta
17) Pushpa Rani
18) Suraiya
19) Jamuna
20) Jaishri
21) Chandra Prabha
22) Chandrakala
23) Husnbanu
24) Khurshid
25) Khurshid Jr.
26) Dyrga Khote
27) Dulari Bai
28) Devika Rani
29) Radha Rani
30) Rajkumari
31) Rajkumari Shukla
32) Ragini
33) Ram Pyari
34) Ramgulari
35) Ratanmala
36) Ramola
37) Rooplekha
38) Rose
39) Romeela
40) Renuks Devi
41) Sadhana Bose
42) Sabita Devi
43) Sitara
44) Sardar Akhtar
45) Sameenaprabha Prohan
46) Swarnalata
47) Sonalini Devi
48) Sunitra
49) Shalini
50) Shanta Apte
51) Shanta Hamblekar
52) Shamim
53) Sobhana Samarth
54) Shusila
55) Shahzadi
56) Sheela
57) Kanta Kumari
58) Kanan Bala
59) Kusum S Deshpande
60) Kalyani
61) Kaushalya
62) Gulab
63) Leela Chitnis
64) Leela Desai
65) Leela Misra
66) Madhuri
67) Maya Banerji
68) Maya Devi
69) Mumtaz Shanti
70) Manorama
71) Menaka Desai
72) Mehtab
73) Maisna
74) Meenakshi
75) Najma
76) Nargis
77) Nirmala
78) Nalini Jaywant
79) Naseem
80) Noorjahan
81) Neena
82) Vasanti
83) Vanmala
84) Veena
85) Veena Kumari
86) Yashodhara Katju

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