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Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai's Film Studios

Gregory D. Booth


Beginning in the 1930s, men, and a handful of women, came from India's many communities — Marathi, Parsi, Goan, North Indian, and many others — to Mumbai to work in an industry that constituted in the words of some, “the original fusion music”. They worked as composers, arrangers, assistants, and studio performers in one of the most distinctive popular music and popular film cultures on the planet. Today, the songs played by Mumbai's studio musicians are known throughout India and the Indian diaspora under the popular name “Bollywood,” but the musicians themselves remain, in their own words, “ ... More

Keywords: India, Mumbai, fusion music, composers, arrangers, studio performers, popular music, film-music industry, studio musicians, Bollywood

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195327632
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195327632.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Gregory D. Booth, author
University of Auckland