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Updated: December 14, 2009 20:42 IST

Holding sway with words

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STORY TELLER Biddu: I am very clear that music is business for me. Photo: K. Gopinathan
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STORY TELLER Biddu: I am very clear that music is business for me. Photo: K. Gopinathan

Music composer Biddu turns writer

Biddu is back. No, he has not come up with a new music score. This time he has decided to wield the pen. Yes, Biddu who has given an uplift to the careers of the likes of Tina Charles and Carl Douglas, besides introducing Nazia Hasan to Indian fans, recently bagged a deal with Harper Collins “to write” three books — an autobiography and two novels.


He was a rage in the 1970s. Born Biddu Appaiah, he was a rage in the 1970s, having given the super-hit ‘Disco Deewane' and launching Pakistani teenage singer Nazia Hasan in 1971. This was followed by ‘Baby Doll' Alisha Chinay and Shewta Shetty in the 80s and 90s. He initiated a successful non filmi Indi-pop song album culture in India.

Says this Indo-British self-taught musician and song writer: “My autobiography will come out by January-end next year. One of my novels is set in Darjeeling of 1951. The other is a comedy.” He is also “pitching for a retro-disco show for a television channel”.

Though Biddu came to India a few years ago to do Indian Idol Abhijeet Sawant's album, he didn't stay for long. He reasons: “I am very clear about one thing. Music is business for me. If I sold a million copies of my music albums in the U.K., I sold only 10,000 to 15,000 copies in India of Alisha, Shweta and Nazia. I work under Western rules. I try to make Indian singers famous abroad. I worked hard to give hits in the U.K. And, it's not NRIs who buy my music in Europe.”

Biddu, who started playing the guitar at 13, irked his parents when he decided to take up music as a career.

“They weren't happy, as in the 1960s it was unusual in India, but they allowed me.”