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More Than BollywoodStudies in Indian Popular Music$
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Gregory D. Booth and Bradley Shope

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199928835

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199928835.001.0001

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A Moment of Historical Conjuncture in Mumbai

A Moment of Historical Conjuncture in Mumbai

Playback Singers, Music Directors, and Arrangers and the Creation of Hindi Song (1948–1952)

(p.21) Chapter 1 A Moment of Historical Conjuncture in Mumbai
More Than Bollywood

Gregory D. Booth

Oxford University Press

In the five years following Indian independence, from roughly 1948 to 1952, many incremental changes and other, still more recent developments coalesced into a set of sonic, stylistic, industrial, and cinematic norms that came to define the music of the Hindi cinema over the subsequent 20 or more years. This chapter focuses on these five years in which the fundamental musical, aesthetic, and cinematographic nature of Hindi film song was established, and on a small group of musicians—composers, singers, and arrangers—who undertook two complementary roles during this period. The chapter discusses Naushad Ali, Shankar-Jaikishan, C. Ramchandra, Lata Mangeshkar, Antonio Vaz, and Sebastian D’Souza, five musicians who led the consolidation of the developments outlined above that had been taking shape during the preceding ten years.

Keywords:   playback singers, Hindi film song, Bollywood, Indian independence, Naushad Ali, Shankar-Jaikishan, C. Ramchandra, Lata Mangeshkar, Antonio Vaz, Sebastian D’Souza

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