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Global Bollywood

Travels of Hindi Song and Dance

2008

Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti, editors

Global Bollywood

A lively look at Bollywood music’s global impact

This interdisciplinary collection describes the many roots and routes of the Bollywood song-and-dance spectacle. Examining the reception of Bollywood music in places as diverse as Indonesia and Israel, the essays highlight the cultural influence of Hindi film music from its origins to today.

Contributors: Walter Armbrust, Anustup Basu, Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Edward K. Chan, Bettina David, Rajinder Dudrah, Shanti Kumar, Monika Mehta, Anna Morcom, Ronie Parciack, Biswarup Sen, Sangita Shrestova, Richard Zumkhawala-Cook.

A sophisticated and altogether groundbreaking study within the rapidly developing area of Indian film studies, Global Bollywood offers exactly what this emerging field needs and deserves.

Corey K. Creekmur, The University of Iowa

Bollywood movies and their signature song-and-dance spectacles are an aesthetic familiar to people around the world, and Bollywood music now provides the rhythm for ads marketing goods such as computers and a beat for remixes and underground bands. These musical numbers have inspired scenes in Western films such as Vanity Fair and Moulin Rouge.

Global Bollywood shows how this currency in popular culture and among diasporic communities marks only the latest phase of the genre’s world travels. This interdisciplinary collection describes the many roots and routes of the Bollywood song-and-dance spectacle. Examining the reception of Bollywood music in places as diverse as Indonesia and Israel, the essays offer a stimulating redefinition of globalization, highlighting the cultural influence of Hindi film music from its origins early in the twentieth century to today.

Contributors: Walter Armbrust, Oxford U; Anustup Basu, U of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign; Nilanjana Bhattacharjya, Colorado College; Edward K. Chan, Kennesaw State U; Bettina David, Hamburg U; Rajinder Dudrah, U of Manchester; Shanti Kumar, U of Texas, Austin; Monika Mehta, Binghamton U; Anna Morcom, Royal Holloway College; Ronie Parciack, Tel Aviv U; Biswarup Sen, U of Oregon; Sangita Shresthova; Richard Zumkhawala-Cook, Shippensburg U.

Global Bollywood

Sangita Gopal is assistant professor of English at the University of Oregon.

Sujata Moorti is professor of women’s and gender studies at Middlebury College.

Global Bollywood

A sophisticated and altogether groundbreaking study within the rapidly developing area of Indian film studies, Global Bollywood offers exactly what this emerging field needs and deserves.

Corey K. Creekmur, The University of Iowa

Readers will be pleased with the book’s depth and range. The extensive introduction offers bright, original thoughts on the role of poets and lyricists.

Choice

The discussions. . . are thoughtful, current and provocative. Overall, the anthology makes a significant contribution to the development of Indian film scholarship.

Jump Cut

This book is a welcome addition to the growing scholarship on Indian cinema, and more specifically the newer field of the study of filmi music—the song and dances that make our films so distinct and different.

Screen

The introductory essay by Gopal and Moorti is, perhaps, the best overview to date of the multifaceted histories and meanings of Hindi song and dance.

Asian Music

Global Bollywood offers a compelling and timely reading of its topic through one of its
most central and dynamic elements, the song-dance sequence. The book offers a useful, detailed history of the industry while engaging the complexities of transnational cultural exchange through analyses of visual and aural texts, as well as of the processes of production, marketing, and distribution.

International Journal of Communication

Exuberance and energy mark most of the essays in this volume, which is in keeping with the subject. . . . All in all, this is a commendable anthology.

South Asian Diaspora

Global Bollywood is a provocative foray into an important and neglected realm of global cultural interaction.

Visual Anthropology Review