Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios - download pdf or read online

By Gregory D. Booth

ISBN-10: 0195327632

ISBN-13: 9780195327632

ISBN-10: 0195327640

ISBN-13: 9780195327649

starting within the Nineteen Thirties, males and a handful of ladies got here from India's many communities-Marathi, Parsi, Goan, North Indian, and lots of others--to Mumbai to paintings in an that constituted within the phrases of a few, "the unique fusion music." They labored as composers, arrangers, assistants, and studio performers in a single of the main specified renowned track and well known movie cultures on this planet. this present day, the songs performed through Mumbai's studio musicians are recognized all through India and the Indian diaspora less than the preferred identify "Bollywood," however the musicians themselves stay, of their personal phrases, "behind the curtain"--the nameless and unseen performers of 1 of the world's such a lot celebrated well known track genres.

Now, Gregory D. sales space bargains a compelling account of the Bollywood movie tune from the point of view of the musicians who either skilled and formed its heritage. In a unprecedented insider's examine the method of musical construction from the overdue Forties to the mid Nineties, prior to the arrival of electronic recording applied sciences, sales space explains who those unknown musicians have been and the way they got here to affix the movie tune undefined. at the foundation of a desirable set of first-hand debts from the musicians themselves, he finds how the daily conditions of know-how and finance formed either the songs and the careers in their writer and performers. sales space additionally unfolds the technological, cultural, and commercial advancements that resulted in the large studio orchestras of the 1960s-90s in addition to the criteria which finally ended in their death in modern India.

Featuring an in depth spouse site with video interviews with the musicians themselves, Behind the Curtain is a strong, ground-level view of this globally very important track industry.

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