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

By Gregory D. Booth

starting within the Thirties, males and a handful of ladies got here from India's many communities-Marathi, Parsi, Goan, North Indian, and lots of others--to Mumbai to paintings in an that constituted within the phrases of a few, "the unique fusion music." They labored as composers, arrangers, assistants, and studio performers in a single of the main particular renowned track and well known movie cultures on the earth. this day, the songs performed via Mumbai's studio musicians are identified all through India and the Indian diaspora lower than the preferred identify "Bollywood," however the musicians themselves stay, of their personal phrases, "behind the curtain"--the nameless and unseen performers of 1 of the world's so much celebrated well known song genres.

Now, Gregory D. sales space deals a compelling account of the Bollywood movie song from the viewpoint of the musicians who either skilled and formed its historical past. In an extraordinary insider's examine the method of musical creation from the overdue Forties to the mid Nineteen Nineties, sooner than the arrival of electronic recording applied sciences, sales space explains who those unknown musicians have been and the way they got here to affix the movie song undefined. at the foundation of a desirable set of first-hand debts from the musicians themselves, he unearths how the day by day conditions of know-how and finance formed either the songs and the careers in their writer and performers. sales space additionally unfolds the technological, cultural, and business advancements that resulted in the big studio orchestras of the 1960s-90s in addition to the criteria which eventually resulted in their dying in modern India.

Featuring an in depth spouse web site with video interviews with the musicians themselves, Behind the Curtain is a robust, ground-level view of this globally very important track industry.

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