Magic Of Music!
Lately the magic of Bollywood music has cast its spell crossing all boundaries and nationalities. As a rule connoisseurs of Latino and Spanish music might not enjoy Hindi film music. That is till you meet Leonard, Stella and Paola of Ecstacy, a three-piece band from Columbia. “We love the Bollywood music. Kajarare kajarare, Dhoom macha le and Bidi jalaile… We can’t pronounce the words correctly but we love the melody and rhythm,” smiles Leonard while Stella explains the nuances. Their liking for Hindi music shows in their performances too when the band incorporated these fast-paced numbers while singing Spanish numbers during their tour to India.. In U.K., USA , Middle East and South Africa especially, some of the biggest chart-busters include Indi-pop and hit songs from Bollywood movies. Unimaginable at one time, some of the most successful movies from Hollywood, released in recent years, seem inspired by Bollywood musicals.
Indian film music lovers have always appreciated and applauded the haunting evergreen pieces of music of the great masters. Some composers with their unique distinguishing features in their styles have left an indelible impression on our minds. Since music has always been an integral part of Indian cinema, particularly Hindi films, composers of the past to the present give it their all as they compose songs to cater to the demands of innumerable listeners across the country or make tailor-made numbers to suit the situational settings in films. From Alam Ara, the first Indian talkie, to the current releases, Hindi film music has produced thousands of unforgettable hit songs, an endless stream of singers, composers and lyricists and more than its share of super hits of Hindi cinema. The Indian cinema has elevated the song-and-dance sequences to a rare art form. Film songs serve a variety of purposes. Studded at judicious intervals all through the story, they can make a more telling statement than mere dialogue; they can be both entertaining and illuminating; they can, of course, leaven an otherwise flat story with spice and color. The following email from my daughter-in-law is an example how with the help of internet radio, Indians abroad are “transported to another time and place in India that you thought you had lost in your memory for ever”, through the magic of music:
“Hi Papa and Mama
Could you please, please, please, please do me a favor? Go onto the
"Bombay Beats" internet radio that Alok set you up with, and let it
play for an hour, or more, if you like. I promise you, it will change
your daily life. Your subjective experience will be magically
transformed--the space around you will be light and incandescent, the
air will sing melodies you never imagined . . . you will hear olden
goldies as well as current hits. When the older songs come on, you'll
be transported to another time and place in India that you thought you
had lost in your memory forever. Other times, recent tunes from
current Bollywood movies will sound, and you'll surely revisit the
pleasure of watching the movie all over again (it's made for a film
buff like you )!
Trust me: you know how much I love Indian music and I have it on
almost 24/7, and never tire of it. It makes my life richer, full of
sensory riches and rhapsodic delight. Sometimes I almost swoon and
giggle . . . I feel like I'm walking through India, where the radio
always blares Indian music. The exciting thing is that the radio is so
unpredictable inasmuch as you never know what song is coming next--
it's spontaneous gift after unexpected gift . . . feels like birthdays
and Christmas and every other holiday rolled into one--the presents
keep coming, song after treasured song.
In fact, as I type this, my fingers are flying over the keyboard, like
a spirit possessed, because Bollywood beats is playing in the
background--and the songs buoy me and lift my drive to introduce you
to all these songs, literally lying at your feet, waiting for you to
discover them and pick them up. Please don't ignore them any longer--
they have been waiting at your doorstep long enough.
Happy Listening :-)