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Her Majestic Voice: South Indian Female Playback Singers and Stardom, 1945–1955

Kiranmayi Indraganti


This book examines the ways in which the Indian film industry between 1945 and 1955 welcomed a series of shifts to include the female film song performers or playback singers in the process of film production. While playback singing itself received very little attention from scholars, much of whatever was written centred around Lata Mangeshkar. This book focuses on the work and lives of a few popular voices from south India who have not found their way into the academic and ‘official’ histories of Indian film. Their popularity has remained an orally circulating ‘fact’, limited in its reach, sc ... More

Keywords: Indian cinema, Hindi cinema, south Indian cinema, playback singing, image and sound, song production, singers and actresses, early Indian cinema, gramophone contracts, stardom, oral history, synchronicity, authenticity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780199463565
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199463565.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Kiranmayi Indraganti, author
Teaches film at Srishti Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Bangalore.