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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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“But My Heart Is Still Indian”

“But My Heart Is Still Indian”

Film Songs of the Early Post-Colonial Era

(p.49) Chapter 3 “But My Heart Is Still Indian”
Bollywood Sounds

Jayson Beaster-Jones

Oxford University Press

This chapter focuses on nationalism in Hindi film songs. After a song analysis, the chapter addresses the deep ambivalence about the cosmopolitanism of film song in India’s early post-colonial nation-building project. It then discusses the general musical characteristics of this period, early music technology, and the rise of the institution of playback singing. The two most important playback singers of this era, Mohammed Rafi and Lata Mangeshkar, mediated various regional styles of South Asia and came to define the vocal conventions for the next fifty years of film song. The chapter concludes with a discussion of the music director duo Shankar-Jaikishan and an analysis of two of their nationalist songs in the first decade following Indian independence.

Keywords:   nation-building, musical nationalism, playback singing, Mohammed Rafi, Lata Mangeshkar, Shankar-Jaikishan

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