Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios

Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios

by Gregory D. Booth
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195327640

ISBN-13: 9780195327649

Pub. Date: 10/13/2008

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

Beginning in the 1930s, men and a handful of women came from India's many communities-Marathi, Parsi, Goan, North Indian, and many others—to Mumbai to work in an industry that constituted in the words of some, "the original fusion music." They worked as composers, arrangers, assistants, and studio performers in one of the most distinctive popular

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Beginning in the 1930s, men and a handful of women came from India's many communities-Marathi, Parsi, Goan, North Indian, and many others—to Mumbai to work in an industry that constituted in the words of some, "the original fusion music." They worked as composers, arrangers, assistants, and studio performers in one of the most distinctive popular music and popular film cultures on the planet. Today, the songs played by Mumbai's studio musicians are known throughout India and the Indian diaspora under the popular name "Bollywood," but the musicians themselves remain, in their own words, "behind the curtain"—the anonymous and unseen performers of one of the world's most celebrated popular music genres.

Now, Gregory D. Booth offers a compelling account of the Bollywood film music industry from the perspective of the musicians who both experienced and shaped its history. In a rare insider's look at the process of musical production from the late 1940s to the mid 1990s, before the advent of digital recording technologies, Booth explains who these unknown musicians were and how they came to join the film music industry. On the basis of a fascinating set of first-hand accounts from the musicians themselves, he reveals how the day-to-day circumstances of technology and finance shaped both the songs and the careers of their creator and performers. Booth also unfolds the technological, cultural, and industrial developments that led to the enormous studio orchestras of the 1960s-90s as well as the factors which ultimately led to their demise in contemporary India.

Featuring an extensive companion website with video interviews with the musicians themselves, Behind the Curtain is a powerful, ground-level view of this globally important music industry.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195327649
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
10/13/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction - Who is Anthony Gonsalves?
Part One - History, Technology, and a Determinist Milieu for Hindi Film Song
1. Popular Music as Film Music
3. Changing Structures in the Mumbai Film Industry
Part Two - The Life of Music in the Mumbai Film Industry
4. Origins, Training, and "Joining the Line"
5. Roles, Relations, and the Creative Process
6. Rehearsals, Recordings, and Economics
Part Three - Music, Instruments, and Meaning from Musicians' Perspectives
7. Orchestras and Orchestral Procedures, Instrumental Change, Arranging, and Programming
8. Issues of Style, Genre, and Value in Mumbai Film Music
Conclusion - Oral History, Change, and Accounts of Human Agency

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