Bollywood: A genre of music growing in popularity

Bollywood music is an acquired taste. With foreign sounds and an unidentifiable language, it can be something to get used to. However, in some respects, it gives an understanding of a different    culture.

With ornate costumes that are a mixture of western dance moves and clothing, Bollywood has become more popular today than ever before.

With the combination of the terms “Hollywood” and “Bombay,” the music is integrated into Hindi movies. What does that mean exactly? It means that every couple of minutes, a song-and-dance sequence will be brought forth to go along with the current scene.  So if there is happiness, there is a song. If the moment is sad, there is a song.

Is it like American Broadway shows? No, not necessarily. Broadway shows consist  mostly of singing. Bollywood songs occur after roughly 30 or 40 minutes of dialogue.

The Hindi film industry releases the most movies per year than any other country, according to the Guinness Book of World Records. Thus, there is a movie album (or two)  released roughly every two weeks. Each album has five to 11 songs and will most likely include remixes.

As other countries attempt to be more westernized, India is no different, with American dance steps included in songs and an all-too-familiar sound of some instruments, like drums, guitar and the piano.

Liking Bollywood music may be easier than you think. It has progressively become more American, and now the music is a mixture of pop, rock, R&B and hip-hop.

This popular music genre is slowly turning international. With Middle Eastern countries and European countries now turning their ears to Bollywood music, America is next in line. Even Hollywood has turned its head toward Hindi film music

It is just like American tunes when it comes to music. A bad break-up? There is a song for that. Falling in love? Plenty of songs for that. Relationship highs and lows? There are songs for that.

The familiar sounds of guitars, drums and keyboard will frequently be used. However, the lesser known noises of the dhol (type of drum) and the sitar (stringed instrument) will be unfamiliar but equally interesting. Therefore, the musical fusion of two different nations provides a unique sound that can positively grab attention.

With Bollywood movies now having to appeal to a “desi” audience (Indians born in America), there is nothing that will stop the Indian music industry from grabbing their attention and appealing to that target market niche. They will go after American singers/songwriters to be a part of Bollywood tunes.  And they already have Snoop Dog, Ludacris, Akon and Drake, artists who have sung in Bollywood songs.

As Bollywood has begun to make versions of popular American movies, they have incorporated music into films in order to fit the traditional entertainment industry.

It may sound strange but upon actually hearing the music, it all begins to make sense.

 

Author: Natasha Christian

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