This page contains an initial (although by no means exhaustive!) bibliography related to Hindi film song.
Below the listing of books, you’ll find a list of further digital and multimedia resources.
Beaster-Jones, Jayson. “Evergreens to Remixes: Hindi Film Songs and India’s Popular Music Heritage.” Ethnomusicology 53, no. 3 (October 1, 2009): 425–48.
——. Bollywood Sounds: The Cosmopolitan Mediations of Hindi Film Song. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2015.
Beaster-Jones, Jayson and Natalie Sarrazin, eds. Music in Contemporary Indian Film: Memory, Voice, Identity. London, UK: Routledge Press, 2016.
Bhaskar, Ira. Islamicate Cultures of Bombay Cinema. New Delhi, India: Tulika Books, 2009. http://newcatalog.library.cornell.edu/catalog/6632515.
Booth, Gregory D. “Making a Woman from a Tawaif: Courtesans as Heroes in Hindi Cinema.” New Zealand Journal of Asian Studies 9, no. 2 (2007): 1.
——. Behind the Curtain: Making Music in Mumbai’s Film Studios. New York: Oxford University Press, 2008. E-book.
Booth, Greg. “Gender, Nationalism, and Sound: Outgrowing ‘Mother India.’” Accessed August 12, 2016. https://www.academia.edu/3611150/Gender_Nationalism_and_Sound_Outgrowing_Mother_India_.
Booth, Gregory D., and Bradley Shope, eds. More than Bollywood: Studies in Indian Popular Music. New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2014.
Brara, Rita. “The Item Number: Cinesexuality in Bollywood and Social Life.” Economic and Political Weekly, 2010, 67–74.
Chakravarty, Sumita S. National Identity in Indian Popular Cinema, 1947-1987. Austin: University of Texas Press, 1993.
Creekmur, Corey. “Hindi film song and the last days of genre.” In Soundtrack Available: Essays on Film and Popular Music, ed. Pamela Wojcik. Durham: Duke University Press, 2001.
Creekmur, Corey and Linda Mokdad, eds. The International Film Musical. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2012.
Cohan, Steve, ed. The Sound of Musicals. London: BFI, 2010.
Dwyer, Rachel. Cinema India : The Visual Culture of Hindi Film. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2002.
Gabriel, Karen. “Imaging a Nation : The Sexual Economies of the Contemporary Mainstream Bombay Cinema (1970-2000),” 2005.
Ganti, Tejaswini. “ ‘No One Thinks in Hindi Here’: Language Hierarchies in Bollywood.” Accessed April 26, 2016. https://www.academia.edu/24332339/_No_One_Thinks_in_Hindi_Here_Language_Hierarchies_in_Bollywood._.
———. Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema. 2nd ed. Routledge Film Guidebooks. Abingdon, Oxon ; New York: Routledge, 2013.
———. “No Longer a Frivolous Singing and Dancing Nation of Movie-Makers: The Hindi Film Industry and Its Quest for Global Distinction.” Visual Anthropology 25, no. 4 (July 2012): 340–65.
———. Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry. Duke University Press, 2012.
Gopal, Sangita and Sujata Moorti. Global Bollywood: the Travels of Hindi Song and Dance. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008. E-book.
Kesavan, Mukhul. “Urdu, Awadh and the tawaif: the Islamicate roots of Hindi cinema.” In Forging Identities : Gender, Communities, and the State, ed. Zoya Hassan. New Delhi: Kali for Women, 1994.
Majumdar, Neepa. Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s-1950s. Urban, IL: University of Illinois Press, 2009. E-book.
Mazumdar, Ranjani. Bombay Cinema : An Archive of the City. Minneapolis, Minn.: University of Minnesota Press, 2007. E-book
Mazzarella, William and Raminder Kaur. Censorship in South Asia : Cultural Regulation from Sedition to Seduction. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 2009. E-book.
Mehta, Monika. Censorship and Sexuality in Bombay Cinema. Austin: University of Texas Press, 2011. E-book.
Mehta, Rini Bhattacharya, and Rajeshwari Pandharipande, eds. Bollywood and Globalization: Indian Popular Cinema, Nation, and Diaspora. Anthem South Asian Studies. London ; New York: Anthem Press, 2011.
Nijhawan, Amita. “Excusing the female dancer: Tradition and
transgression in Bollywood dancing.” South Asian Popular Culture, 7:2, 99-112,2009.
Pendakur, Manjunath. Indian Popular Cinema : Industry, Ideology, and Consciousness. Cresskill, N.J.: Hampton Press, 2003.
Prasad, Madhva. “This Thing Called Bollywood.” http://india-seminar.com/2003/525/525%20madhava%20prasad.htm. 2003.
Punathambekar, Aswin. From Bombay to Bollywood: The Making of a Global Media Industry. Postmillennial Pop. New York: New York University Press, 2013.
Qureshi, Regula. “Female agency and patrilinieal constraints : situating courtesans in twentieth-century India.” In The Courtesan’s Arts: Cross-Cultural Perspectives, ed. Feldman, Martha, and Bonnie Gordon. 2006. E-book
Sarkar, Bhaskar. “The Mellifluous Illogic of the ‘Bollywood Musical.’” In The Sound of Musicals, ed. Steve Cohan, 41–53, 2010.
Singh, Bhrigupati. “525 The Problem.” Accessed August 12, 2016. http://india-seminar.com/2003/525/525%20the%20problem.htm.
Srivastava, Sanjay. “Voice, Gender and Space in Time of Five-Year Plans: The Idea of Lata Mangeshkar.” Economic and Political Weekly, 2004, 2019–2028.
Sundar, Pavitra. “Meri Awaaz Suno: Women, Vocality, and Nation in Hindi Cinema.” Meridians: Feminism, Race, Transnationalism 8, no. 1 (April 3, 2008): 144–79.
Virdi, Jyotika. The Cinematic imagiNation [Sic] : Indian Popular Films as Social History. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 2003. http://proxy.library.cornell.edu/login?url=http://site.ebrary.com/lib/cornell/Top?id=10075342.
Wani, Aarti. Fantasy of Modernity : Romantic Love in Bombay Cinema of the 1950s. Delhi, India: Cambridge University Press, 2016. http://newcatalog.library.cornell.edu/catalog/9433939.
Media and Digital Resources:
http://www.sarai.net (South Asian academic site focused on digital and popular culture)
www.screenindia.com (film trade news and gossip)
http://www.upperstall.com (Reviews of recent and classic Hindi films by established cultural critics)
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/ (Leading newspaper; often contains juicy film gossip and more serious reviews)
http://chandrakantha.com/articles/indian_music/filmi.html – Amazing overview of instruments, rags, and a year-by-year (!) chronology of hindi film songs in social-historical context
Hindi film song streaming services: