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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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Roles, Relations, and the Creative Process

Roles, Relations, and the Creative Process

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Behind the Curtain

Gregory D. Booth

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the musical, economic, and social relationships of the creative process that took place in the world of music rooms, music directors, arrangers, assistants and sitting musicians in the film-music industry in Mumbai, India. It explores the workshops, professional roles and the organization of the processes involved in the local musicians' composition of about nineteen songs a week during the last years of the British rule through the early years of the 21st century. It suggests that sitting musicians were the main source of the songs for the Hindi cinema.

Keywords:   film-music industry, Mumbai, India, creative process, workshops, musicians, composition, Hindi cinema

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