Music in Contemporary Indian Film: Memory, Voice, Identity provides a rich and detailed look into the unique dimensions of music in Indian film. Music is at the center of Indian cinema, and India's film music industry has a far-reaching impact on popular, folk, and classical music across the subcontinent and the South Asian diaspora. In twelve essays written by an international array of scholars, this book explores the social, cultural, and musical aspects of the industry, including both the traditional center of "Bollywood" and regional film-making. Concentrating on films and songs created in contemporary, post-liberalization India, this book will appeal to classes in film studies, media studies, and world music, as well as all fans of Indian films.
Jayson Beaster-Jones is Associate Professor of Music at the University of California, Merced. He is the author of Bollywood Sounds: The Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song (2015) and Music Commodities, Markets, and Values: Music as Merchandise (2016). Natalie Sarrazin is Associate Professor of Music at the College at Brockport. She is the author of Indian Music for the Classroom (2009), as well as numerous publications on Indian film music.
Introduction Part I: Hindi Hegemony 1. 1942 - A Love Story: R.D. Burman's Posthumous "Comeback" at the End of Old Bollywood (Gregory D. Booth) 2. Antakshari in Maine Pyar Kiya: Intertextual Pleasures and Musical Medleys at the Dawn of a New Era in Hindi Cinema (Peter Kvetko) 3. From Vamp to Queen: The Remixed Sound of the Bollywood Scene (Ajay Gehlawat) 4. Authorizing Gesture: Mirchi Music Awards and the Re-calibration of Songs and Stardom (Monika Mehta) 5. Tensions of Musical Re-animation from Bollywood to Indian Idol (Anaar Desai-Stephens) 6. Magic, Destruction, and Redemption in the Soundtracks of Aashiqui 2, RockStar, Rock On!! (Natalie Sarrazin) Part II: Regions and Identities 7. Violence, Reconciliation, and Memory: A.R. Rahman's "Bombay Theme" (Jayson Beaster-Jones) 8. Iconic Voices in Post-Millennium Tamil Cinema (Amanda Weidman) 9. Folk Drums and Tribal Girls: Sounding the Himalayas in Indian Film (Stefan Fiol) 10. Film Frontiers: Imagining Rajasthan in Contemporary Bollywood Film (Shalini Ayyagari) 11. Evolution of a Ritual Musical Genre: The Adaptation of Qawwali in Contemporary Hindi Film (Irfan Zuberi and Natalie Sarrazin) 12. Music, Sound, Noise: Interposition of the Local and the Global in Anurag Kashyap's Gangs of Wasseypur (Madhuja Mukherjee) Afterword (Rachel Dwyer)