is home to one of the popular music industries in the world. churns out different songs and music every single day. Typical Bollywood and classical music are quite a rage back, but every now and then there are some western influences heard in Filmi songs.
Back in the 1940-1950s, classical music, like Hindustani, were quite popular in Film songs. Great singers like Lata Mangeshkar, Mohammed Rafi, and Asha Bhonsle churned out memorable songs. Come 1960-1970s, there was a heavy influence of retro and hippy in film songs, like “Dum Maro Dum” from the film “Hare Rama Hare Krishna”. The western influence could be seen in Zeenat Aman’s attire and look too.The 1980s was the decade of disco and rock-and-roll. There was a heavy influence of disco in Hindi Films, shown in the actors’ apparel and hairdo.
Indian music getting influenced by western music, yes, but it’s not really western music. You need to understand what is western music. I do not like to call influence that today’s music has as western music. It’s not a positive influence. Today Indian film industry has a weird music of it’s own which cannot be classified as anything. There was a lot of influence in the yesteryear songs and it is not that the music directors in those times never ripped off a tune, but still, there was a lot of originality, lot of melody and harmony. Today, the state is such that the whole focus is on orchestration, so much so that you cannot sing any song without the orchestra. So today’s music might be a hit to listen, but they arenot a hit for listening and then humming it later.
The hindi music now has guitars and many more instruments which are all western. We even have rock or soft rock music now in hindi music. The fact is that music has no boundaries. You just like it so listen to it.
Reporter: Barnali, Minnie
Author: Natasha I.
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