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Evergreen memories

Book launches hardly ever come with such noise. But one by a musician is perhaps as hard to come by.

Veteran : Biddu

The ‘Curse Of The Godman’ by Biddu was launched recently at a bookstore on Cunningham Road. Biddu, who spent his early years in Bangalore, has had a long spanning musical career.

He has been associated with hits like Aap Jaisa Koi and ‘Kung Fu Fighting’ in the past and launched many names in the Indian pop music industry including Nazia Hassan, Alisha Chinai, Shaan and Shweta Shetty.

He is also credited with having launched disco music in India in the 80s with tracks like Disco Deewane.

While this is his first foray in fiction, Biddu isn’t new to the world of writing.

He had previously launched an autobiography in 2010 and is already near completion with his third book.

The evening saw him in conversation with City-based jazz artiste, Radha Thomas. The first few questions revolved around his music and the ardent success he received through his hits.

It was much later that conversations involving the book began.

Biddu talked about his journey into the world of music with much reminiscence and narrated how he first left the country on the pretext of a Haj, back in the 60s.

The audience was buzzing with over a 100 people of different age groups waiting to catch a few lines of his popular numbers.

The book was launched with much afterthought and Biddu spoke about the coming together of its many plots, the romance, the existence of a godman and the tiger that everybody is talking about. The book is a work of fiction and the author described it as a thriller with intermingled plots.

Following this, Biddu also read an excerpt from the book that led to the introduction of the ‘godman’.

Once talks of the book were done, it was time for the most awaited part of the event — Biddu presenting a few songs.

He sang Aap Jaisa Koi in its original form while playing an acoustic guitar.

This was followed by his rendition of the Elvis Presley number ‘Can’t Help Falling in Love’.

There was much applause in the audience and nearly everyone sang along and clapped with these evergreen numbers.

The event wrapped with Biddu thanking Radha Thomas and everybody present for being part of his journey as a writer.

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