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Behind the CurtainMaking Music in Mumbai's Film Studios$
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Gregory D. Booth

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780195327632

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327632.001.0001

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Popular Music as Film Music

Popular Music as Film Music

(p.27) 1 Popular Music as Film Music
Behind the Curtain

Gregory D. Booth

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the interaction between music and film in India, particularly the intense and symbiotic relationships between popular film and popular music. It evaluates the impact of the Hindi film songs on popular Indian culture and on the professional lives of musicians. It offers a basic historical and contextual consideration of the practice of playback as a technological, industrial, and cultural process. It explains that playback is a method of filming in which a song is recorded and then played back over loudspeakers while actors mime, dance, and act for cameras.

Keywords:   popular music, popular film, India, film songs, musicians, playback, Indian culture, filming

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