Bollywood Bodies and Voices, Alya Mistry

Bollywood Bodies and Voices   Playlist: 1) Awaaz De Kahaan Hai Singer: Noor Jehan Movie: Anmol Ghadi (1946) Music Director: Naushad 2) Inhi Logon Ne Singer: Lata Mangeshkar Year: 1957 Movie: Paakeezah Music Director: Naushad 3) Chalte Chalte Singer: Lata Mangeshkar Movie: Paakeezah (1957) Music Director: Naushad 3) Piya Tu Ab To Aaja Singer: Asha Bhosle Movie: Caravan (1971) Music Director: R D Burman 4) Choli Ke Peeche Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Ila Arun Movie: Khalnayak (1993) Music Director: Laxmi-Kant Pyarelal  5) Tujhe Dekha To Ye Jaana Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Kumar Sanu Movie: Dil Dilwale Dulhania Le Jaayenge (1995) Music Director: Jatin Lalit  6) O Paalanhare Singer: Lata Mangeshkar, Sadhana Sargam, Udit Narayan Movie: Lagaan (2001) Music Director: A R Rahman  7) O Re Chori Singer: Alka Yagnik, Udit Narayan, Vasudha Das Movie: Lagaan (2001) Music Director: A R...
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Week 14 (11.29.2016)

We'll split our class between peer reviewing our podcast scripts and discussing an article by Tejaswini Ganti that will help us think about the future of the song-and-dance sequence in Hindi film. Reading: Tejaswini Ganti, "No longer a frivolous singing and dancing nation of movie-makers: the Hindi film industry and its quest for global distinction." Visual Anthropology 2012, 340-365. You do not need to post a discussion question, but, as always, do read closely and critically and bring your questions to class. Podcast: We'll spend half the class discussing podcasts and peer reviewing the drafts of our podcast scripts. In preparation, you should do the...
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Upcoming events! (November)

There are a number of excellent upcoming concerts and talks. All of the Lights Diwali Show, November 5th: https://www.facebook.com/events/1583840108590940/?active_tab=discussion This event brings together many of Cornell's best South Asian performance troupes in honor of Diwali. *note: this concert requires tickets and often sells out! "Realism, Fantasy, and Representations of Muslims in Contemporary Film Qawwali." South Asia Program Colloquium, November 7th, 12:15: http://events.cornell.edu/event/sap_realism_fantasy_and_the_representations_of_muslims_in_the_contemporary_film_qawwali Should be a great talk on a very relevant topic. Qawwali Night with the Sami Brothers, November 18th: https://allevents.in/ithaca/qawwali-night-with-saami-brothers/2107223132835528 An amazing opportunity to see live qawwali! This group regularly sells out in NYC - don't miss them here!      ...
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Final Project: Podcast

For your final project, you will create a podcast in which you will play and discuss 6-8 songs of your choosing for an uninitiated listener (that is, a Bollywood novice). The podcast should be organized around a central analytical theme or question which you will elucidate through your song choices and discussion. You should be prepared to provide expert guidance to your listener and enable them to learn something through your podcast. In order to prepare for the podcast, you will create a detailed script; while not a formal essay, this written text will be the place to provide citations in...
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