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Global Bollywood

Song and dance travel along with Bollywood films, already famous for their romance based narratives. In an interesting book edited by Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti, the authors point out how music and body movement have been able to circulate, and readapt.

Hindi films have a musical dimension able to trigger creative remakes of the Indian film tradition.

In an interesting way, in the popular Italian tv series, ‘Tutti Pazzi per Amore’, the main characters, when took over by dreams or thoughts, see themselves singing their favourite songs. And in one famous episode the whole Italian cast dressed with colorful sarees performs a group song and dance ‘Say Shava Shava’, where cultural contamination and reinterpretation trigger an energetic performance (watch here). The song, taken from Karan Johar’s film “Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham…” (“Sometimes happiness, sometimes sadness..”), and indeed the dance, reconcile a couple in a key love story.

As professor  Philip Lutgendorf, of Iowa University puts it in his book review, “technologies of globalization enhance the eclecticism of Bombay soundtracks and lead to their sampling and “remixing” in a great range of contexts and sites”.

“Hindi film’s musical dimension on stage in Global Bollywood is a provocative foray into an important and neglected realm of global cultural interaction. Its focus on song and dance is a welcome analysis of Hindi cinema and its tantalizing glimpses of transcultural musical appreciation where borrowing and blending show a worldwide appreciation of filmigit”.

That is to say that music communicates and translates even more than images.

 © Melissa Pignatelli 2012
Source: Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance, Edited by Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008, Book Review by Philip Lutgendorf in Visual Anthropology Review , Volume 28, Issue 1, 2012.

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