Surjit Singh, a diehard movie fan(atic), period.
Hindi Movies Films Songs Books ...



Start-Portait by Harish S Booch and Karing Doyle

It is in English and was published in Bombay in 1962. It gives biographical info of 28 stars of that period.

Part A

Part B

Part C

Edwina Book Errata


Please make these corrections in your copy, if necessary.




Found By


Film Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1959)

 Film: Tere Ghar Ke Samne (1963)

Murli Dhar Soni, Jaipur


Film: Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen

Film: Ye Zindagi Kitni Haseen Hai

Murli Dhar Soni, Jaipur

Page 16 Azurie

Azurie in Jugnu (1947)

Azurie was not in Jugnu (1947)

Surjit Singh

Page 16 Cuckoo

Banned Cuckoo song in Parwana

This happened to Azurie not Cuckoo

Surjit Singh

Page 3, Figure

Edwina is in a crescent

She is the letter C of Rocky

Khushboo Verma, City

 Filmography  Credits in 3 films 4th has been found. It is not in the film titles but in the film booklet of Teen Devian (1965). The last but one line is Latif M A - Edwina - Joyce - Jainy

 Murli Dhar Soni, Jaipur

Music and Arts in Hyderabad

Music and Arts in Hyderabad

Here are the first 14 pages of the book containing the Table of Contents and the Illustration Index.

Music Arts Hyderabad

The book is available ion Amazon worldwide, e.g. in US

Amazon US link

and in India (in Rupees)

To buy in Indian Rupees

I am happy to report the publication of the above book. It is written by Kamalakar Pasupuleti, edited by Surjit Singh, Foreword by Dr Mythili Anoop, an eminent dancer and guest faculty at University of Hyderabad. Here is the description of the book,

"Over a thousand people visit the historic city every week, hiking through the ruins of Golconda fort, or gazing at the spectacular Chowmohalla palace. Enthusiastic tour guides deliver tales about the two famous courtesans of that era: Taramati and Premamati, little knowing that the city had a number of courtesans who migrated from different parts of the country, made this city their home, and sang and danced for years. During the times, courtesans were the entertainers for the masses; they were the celebrities in functions, small and big; but with the advent of the talkie, they went into oblivion. The book uncovers details about the courtesans of the era, their mujras, their life style, and about musicians  who existed until the fall of Hyderabad in 1948. It also gives an account of singers and dancers who visited the city and gave memorable performances during the time. Further, the book covers various other forms of stage
entertainment such as folklore and drama, and cinema."