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Bollywood Artists of India
The Rough Guide to Bollywood
Bollywood Indian Film Music Various Artists of India (Audio CD)
With Andrew Lloyd Webber getting in on the act and Bollywood films making it into Leicester Square, India's film music
has finally moved to center stage. But as DJ Ritu points out in her liner notes for The Rough Guide to Bollywood,
it's been a long haul. "My English India is no longer a secret," she confides with relief. The tracks she and her
colleague Bhagwant Sagoo have compiled offer a comprehensive survey of Bollywood's music from the 1960s through today.
What's striking is how frequently the same few voices crop up behind the multitudinous faces seen onscreen. The voice
of Kishore Kumar--India's answer to Al Bowlly--recalls a bygone musical age of graceful elegance.
Asha Bhosle shows how a voice can change, chameleon-like, to suit the needs of the moment. On one
track she radiates raunchy sleaze, in another dreamy seduction, yet the shaping of the phrases remains
recognizably her own. Meanwhile, her sister Lata Mangeshkar can be heard in duets with a variety of male singers. On some of these tracks the boxy acoustics
betray the venerable age of the recordings, while on others you can feel the atmosphere of the club all around you.
That's where these songs have been tried and tested, and that's where they will now be most appreciated. For a
different take on these same singers, check out Manteca's I Love Bollywood. Sugar-coated escapism rules! --Michael Church.
As the Indian film phenomenon sweeps mainstream Britain the Rough Guide To Bollywood is the essential introduction to
the colourful, vibrant and dramatic soundtracks of the multi-million dollar industry that is bigger and more
productive than Hollywood. Compiled by DJ Ritu, broadcaster and club DJ for London club nights Kuch Kuch and Club Kali
and assisted by BBC Asian Network's Bhagwant Sagoo ? this is a collection of the biggest and best Bollywood has to offer.
Awesome CD - great fun to listen to. I'm no expert on any Indian musical form, least of all Bollywood, but I can
tell you that the endearingly quirky tracks on this album are winners. Loaded with kitsch classics, and some
especially weird cuts from the 70's featuring the golden voice of Asha Bhosle (high pitched indian style) singing
over a rhythm section composed, it seems, entirely of a panting male chorus (track 3). Literally. Crazy and
offbeat but will certainly get you moving and laughing. Hilarious for anyone remotely familiar with Bollywood who
has seen all those scenes of the winsome couple prancing around in saris with the ever-present mountain range in
the background. Kidding apart, there are some lovely tunes on this CD and if you can overlook the silliness inherent
in "curry western" songs and the like, you're in for a real treat with this collection.
There'll Always Be Stars in the Sky - The Indian Film Music Phenomenon
Bollywood Indian Film Music DVD (DVD)
Imagine films with the scale of classic Hollywood Busby Berkeley musicals, the action of James Bond
thrillers, and the epic style of spaghetti Westerns. Indian film are this and more; the Indian film industry is the
new Hollywood. 750 feature films a year! 100,000,000 viewers per week! 600 movie magazines! Casts of thousands; orchestras
of hundreds! Astonishing soundtracks mixing classical music, folk music, Western pop, reggae, and everything else under the
sun! There Will Always Be Stars in the Sky takes you behind the scenes of India's Hollywood to meet star actors
(Raj Kapoor), star singers (Lata Mangeshkar), top musical directors (Kalyanji Anandji), and others in recording
sessions, on shooting sets, in posh residences, and in the teeming streets. 60 minutes.
This film was decent, though overall I found the pace and the way it was edited to be rather tedious. Beware! If you
are looking for an actual documentary of the process of Indian film making and film music making, this is NOT going
to satisfy you. While this DVD claims to "take you behind the scenes", it really is mostly focused on how Bollywood
films are superceding older forms of entertainment like theater, and drawn-out critiques on the irony of selling
escapist dreams of idealized village life to India's poor. There are a few interviews, but nothing that really shows
the amazing scale of film music production or the incredible speed at which the composers and orchestras work. It also
fails to explore any of the exciting intersections between Eastern and Western culture occuring in Bollywood music. If
you're interested in this aspect I recommend the CDs "Dance Raja Dance" and "Bollywood Funk." Overall, this DVD was a disappointment.
Bombay Dreams (2002 Original London Cast)
Don Black, Raza Jaffrey, Preeya Kalidas, A.R. Rahman (Audio CD) Lloyd Webber's newest spectacle
blends the rhythms and sensibility of Bollywood musicals with Western dance to create a new breed of musical. Trite lyrics, GREAT music.
Just when you thought Andrew Lloyd Webber was stuck in a rut, he pulls off a
new success. But maybe the reason Bombay Dreams is so lively is that Lloyd Webber only acted as a Svengali
producer, helping Indian composer A.R. Rahman (Lagaan) make his debut on Western stages. And that move proved to be inspired.
Indeed, at a time when many people complain that new musicals have become dreary and have lost all sense of fun,
Lloyd Webber imported talent from the one place where entertainment for entertainment's sake is still alive and
well: Bollywood. The Indian film industry cranks out hundreds of movies every year, a huge number of them deliriously
gaudy musicals, and so it was a natural resource to mine. The plot of Bombay Dreams is on par with your usual
musical-theater fare, but the songs are unlike anything ever heard on Broadway or the West End. Sure, the lyrics by Don
Black (Sunset Boulevard) flirt with sheer idiocy, but the music that surrounds them is so irrepressibly lively that you'll
simply focus on it and it alone. Borrowing both Indian (ragas) and Western (electronic dance music) elements,
Rahman and his co-producer, Marius de Vries (who's worked with Bjouml'rk), have come up with a delicious musical treat. --Elisabeth Vincentelli
I saw the show in London in December (Stephen Rahman Hughes played Akaash instead of Raza Jaffrey) The show totally blew
my mind. I have friends who had seen the show and said the music is nothing new, nothing great if you've already seen a
Bollywood movie. But it was fantastic!...I loved every bit of it and wanted more. The music is very haunting, and such
a lot of fun! Listen to Sweetie as he sings 'Love's Never Easy' or the beautiful ballad 'Closer than Ever' by Priya,
Akaash and Sweetie. Preeya Kalidas is superb in all her songs. Thank you Andrew Lloyd Weber for bringing A.R.Rahman
and his music out for the world to enjoy..Sure the music is not like the other musicals, but then, we've enjoyed the
other musicals enough! Bombay Dreams is a refreshing change.
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