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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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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Week 10 – Bhangra workshop! (10.27.2016)

I'm so excited that our very own Masoom Chainani, captain of Cornell bhangra, will lead us in a bhangra dance workshop on Thursday! A few reminders: We will meet downstairs in Lincoln Hall in room B20. Please wear clothes that you can move in! Reading: This is a pinch of background reading and viewing on bhangra "Bhangra" - http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/47339?q=bhangra&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit  Listening: This playlist contains bhangra song-and-dances from Hindi films over the last fifty years. At a minimum, watch the first three songs, listening for the quintessential beat and sounds of bhangra: "Rang de Basanti," Rang de Basanti (2004) Cornell Bhangra at Bhangra Blowout 2015 (can you...
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Essay 2 (Due 11.5.2016)

  Due: Send your essay to me via email before class on Thursday, 11/3 (aid24@cornell.edu) *Revised: The essay is due by Saturday, 11/5. Assignment How do Hindi films and film songs participate in constructing ideas of “the nation”? What forms of inclusion and exclusion, normalcy and deviance, are visually and musically narrated? Choosing one film, analyze the work of its songs in creating a narrative about the nation and nationalism. Drawing on the analytical themes and readings we have been discussing in class, consider how the film’s “song-track” supports, amplifies, and perhaps complicates the social and ideological themes of the movie. Your essay should...
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