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Bollywood SoundsThe Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song$
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Jayson Beaster-Jones

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199993468

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993468.001.0001

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Film Songs at the End of the Colonial Era and the Emergence of Filmi Style

Film Songs at the End of the Colonial Era and the Emergence of Filmi Style

(p.25) Chapter 2 Film Songs at the End of the Colonial Era and the Emergence of Filmi Style
Bollywood Sounds

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the origins of Indian film song in the late colonial era and the musical characteristics of early film songs (roughly 1931–1947). After an analysis of two songs from a 1943 film, the chapter briefly addresses the historical and social movements that led to Indian independence in 1947. Following a discussion of the music of the silent and actor-singer eras of Hindi cinema and the conventionalization of film song form, the chapter describes the production process for film songs, paying particular attention to the roles of the music directors and arrangers who are responsible for song composition. The chapter ends with a discussion of the music director Naushad Ali and an analysis of two of his songs.

Keywords:   nationalism, song form, actor-singers, song production, Naushad Ali, Noorjehan, K. L. Saigal

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