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Bollywood Sounds: The Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song

Jayson Beaster-Jones


This book surveys the music of seventy years of Hindi films and provides a long-term investigation of film songs and their musical and cinematic conventions. Focusing on the music of Hindi language films (i.e. Bollywood) in their historical, social, and commercial contexts, the author pays special attention to the meanings that songs generate inside and outside film narratives and within Indian society at large. Songs are a vital component of film promotion on broadcast media, are distributed via soundtracks by music companies, and have long been the hegemonic popular music genre in India (eve ... More

Keywords: India, Bollywood, Indian film, popular music, mediation, cosmopolitanism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199993468
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199993468.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jayson Beaster-Jones, author
Texas A&M University