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.
I feel today Indian music has evolved it’s own specific sound. Back in the 50s or 60s, the influence was much more greater. Also, you could find a Hindi song in an original western format. Eena Meena Deeka was a complete rock and roll number. Today, you can’t categorise a song as a jazz or a rock and roll or anything specific. Sometimes they do copy a western number verbatim but actually most of them today have managed to make a distinctive Indian sound. There is a lot of use of western tunes and instruments, at the same time they manage to throw in the dholaks and the tables. I would say it’s a khichdi of both east and the west. That is why I say it can be simply be termed as bollywood music.
|Rajeshwari, actress and kathak dancer:
See, world is coming closer and shrinking. Obviously when people from different zones connect, their cultures overlap, hence music will also overlap. What you get to see today is a result of a world that is becoming global and Indian music is simply a part of it.
|Anu Kapoor, music expert and Antakshri host:|
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.
Rajeev Khandelwal, actor:
As far as the influence of western music on Indian tunes goes, it is an age old trend which has only been stepped up now. But non film westernized hindi pop music has now become the rage of the nation.
Ankur Nayyar, actor:
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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