Bollywood Melodies - A History of the Hindi Film Song

Bollywood Melodies - A History of the Hindi Film Song (English, Paperback, Ganesh Anantharaman, Mahesh Bhatt)


Bollywood Melodies - A History of the Hindi Film Song  (English, Paperback, Ganesh Anantharaman, Mahesh Bhatt)

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  • Language: English
  • Binding: Paperback
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9780143063407, 0143063405
  • Edition: 01, 2008
  • Pages: 261

The hindi film song is eponymous to Bollywood and its culturally rich content has carried on through generations up to today. The evolution of this delightful medium has been traced in this book of Bollywood Melodies and Anantharaman infuses the narrative with life through a number of interviews with iconic figures of the music industry.

Summary Of The Book

Bollywood Melodies: A History Of The Hindi Film Song 01 Edition is a love song in itself and it offers up all its vivacity to the hindi film song with reckless abandon. What started this phenomenon? Wazir Mohammed Khan sang De Khuda Ke Naam Pe in 1931 in the Alam Ara. After this event, the hindi film song saw many cursors catapulting it into fame and into brief obscurity before being endorsed into the Bollywood fabric all over again. Through this tale of evolution the genre found the greatest influence in Ghazals. It also alternately popularised and influenced popular taste. Bollywood Melodies: A History Of The Hindi Film Song 01 Edition includes in its narrative a number of interviews with the colossal figures that helped transform the medium into an enduring one. Lata Mangeshkar, Dev Anand, Pyarelal, Gulzar, and Manna Dey all offer up their experiences and knowledge to illuminate readers further into the musical cosmos.

Bollywood Melodies: A History Of The Hindi Film Song 01 Edition attempts to tell this tale of a veritable cultural barometer through an investigation into the work of over fifty composers, lyricists and singers.Ganesh Anantharaman takes this a step further by placing the social background of that era against the birth of a particular song. This made no bones of the influences that stemmed into the notes of the song and even made its way back into the era’s thought process.

In the 1930’s the major influence was Rabindra Sangeet that made way for more folk influences in the 1940’s and then settling into the newer sounds of western influences from the 1960’s onwards. K.L. Saigal, Naushad, Sahir Ludhianvi haven’t been forgotten against Sonu Nigam, A.R. Rahman and Javed Akhtar and Anantharaman navigates through all these maestros with gentle devotion. The ballads and sonnets so conjured through this medium didn’t stop with just Bollywood. As the most popular musical genre, it has found endorsements across all aspects of the Indian life. The hindi films songs blare at processions, funerals, marriages and even an occasional political convention.

The song became the medium holding a mirror to the aspirations and emotions of the people of the country and therefore came to be vociferously endorsed through the ages. This is exactly how Bollywood Melodies: A History Of The Hindi Film Song 01 Edition doubles as an informative journal about the industry and an engaging love letter engaging the nation’s obsession with the hindi film song.

About Ganesh Anantharaman

Ganesh Anantharaman is a development consultant.

Bollywood Melodies: A History Of The Hindi Film Song 01 Edition is his debut offering as a novelist. He was an educator before turning to training and development as a career.

He was born and brought up in Mumbai where he completed his M.Phil in Political Science. He taught the same at the undergraduate level for 6 years. He is a film aficionado and music lover and is currently living in Bangalore with his wife and son.

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Book Details
  • Penguin Books India
Publication Year
  • 2008
Authored By
  • Ganesh Anantharaman
Foreword By
  • Mahesh Bhatt
Author Info
  • Ganesh Anantharaman spent the first thirty-two years of his life in Mumbai, where he acquired both his love for film music and an MPhil in political science. He taught that subject at the undergraduate level for six years, before moving on to training and development as his vocation. He is currently an organization development consultant based in Bangalore, living there with his wife and five-year-old son.
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good but could have been better

the book as good flow of events chronologically and the author has expressed it in very fluid langauge . for a new comer its a good insight to know in short and it also hooks you ... no doubt but someone who is from the belongs from the field of music and is aware of the transition will not be satisfied.

some images of recording sittings woudl have made it more interesting.. more space for lyricists and 2-3 prminenet musicians like shiv kuamr sharma , hari prasadji, ismail darbar , arrange...

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1 Jul, 2013

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Nice glimpse into golden era of bollywood muscial

This book is very well written. Covers entire history of music directors, lyricists and singers ranging from 40s to 90s.

It takes us into a bygone era of the music. I would say that I appreciate my collection of Rafi and Kishore even more.

A must read for fan of bollywood music especially for connoisseur of oldies.

Kiran Kumar M R

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14 Feb, 2012

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