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The History Of Indian Film Music is a popular book by Rajiv Vijayakar that helps familiarize the readers with the origin of Indian Film Music, and the reason why it is so immensely popular even today.
Summary of The Book
For all of those who have wondered about the usage of music in Indian films, The History Of Indian Film Music is a book that provides them with much needed information on this topic. This book highlights the fact that even though people might not remember the names of films, they definitely remember the immensely popular songs that have been used in those films.
The author then goes on to say that film music has caused many films to become instant hits, and so its influence over the audience at large, must never be underestimated. As a rule, the music of a film is introduced to the audience much before the film itself. This is done in an attempt to captivate the hearts, and minds of the audience so as to prepare them for the film itself.
It is a well-known fact that when the audience approves of a film’s music, the film is a hit too. No matter how average the storyline of a movie may be, its outstanding music can catapult it to fame. The author has also highlighted the numerous aspects of film music in India, and they include choreography, vocalization, lyrics, and orchestration among others. The way the song is pictured, and presented to the audience is also of vital importance, and determines the fate of the song.
All of these aspects help to make film music the success that it is. The author has been successful in creating a book that showcases the entire history of film music.
About Rajiv Vijayakar
The author of this book, Rajiv Vijayakar, is also a well-known journalist, Film Critic, and Consultant.
Prior to becoming a journalist, Vijayakar worked as a dental surgeon. His first article was published in the Filmfare Magazine, in the year 1981. However, he began working as a full-time journalist in the year 2004. He has worked for a number of well-known publications, which include Stardust And Showtime, Deccan Chronicle, Mid-Day, and Indian Express, to name a few.
|Publisher||Times Group Books|
|Number of Pages||128 Pages|
This book is not representative of proper history of hindi songs. Authors knowledge is limited. Musical knowledge is not there at all. He has tried to champion his cause by beating the drums of some of his pet composers. A very disturbing read, this book.
One should read a proper book, like by Asish Rajdhakshya or B D Garga to know the history. Not by these fly by night journalists.
An interesting idea, a brave effort....but ultimately a flawed result (error-ridden eg. Aap Ke Haseen Rukh Pe from Baharein Phir Bhi Aayegi is mentioned as a Mahendra Kapur song instead of a Mohd Rafi song)...and definitely biased in terms of choice. In the significnt score of the 1980s the author misses out on a soundtrack like IJAAZAT, simply because he is personally not fond of the album. Such pettiness is acceptable in drawing room discussions and debates but not when one is writing a "professional" book.
Brilliant book!! Kudos to Dr. Rajiv Vijayakar. I have two kids.... will make them read this one just to let them know about the history of Hindi Cinema music. All parents should do that. Very simple writing but extremely interesting. When you read this book.. feels like you are watching a masala potboiler!
I bought this book for my Dad, who is a music aficionado. He loved it! The book is very informative, and comprises of exactly what the title suggests - nothing more, nothing less.
Definite value for money.