An understanding between Hollywood and Bollywood? The meaning of Hollywood-style music in Hindi films

Anna Morcom

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The symphonic style of Hollywood film music has become a standard part of the background music, and some of the instrumental sections of songs, in Hindi films since around 1950. Music is used in both songs and backing scores to express aspects of drama and narrative, and Hollywood-style symphonic music and some of its distinctive techniques have become an important part of that expression. This paper examines some examples of the use of Hollywood-style music in Hindi films and considers what this phenomenon can tell us about the creation of meaning and affect and the interplay of universal and culture-specific elements.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)63-84
JournalBritish Journal of Ethnomusicology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001

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