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.
good but could have been better
1 Jul, 2013
Nice glimpse into golden era of bollywood muscial
Kiran Kumar M R
14 Feb, 2012