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The Journey of a Hindi Film Song (1930s-1980s)

June, 2013 | The School of African and Oriental Studies, London

Coinciding with the 100 year anniversary of the Hindi Film Industry, this lecture series took the audience on a three-day voyage of Hindi Film Music from 1930 to the 1980’s, examining it as a musical genre in its own right. The programme illustrated the distinct transformations that this musical form underwent during these five pivotal decades; thematically, stylistically, and instrumentally, whilst demonstrating how specific songs can be read as indicators of social and cultural change in the history of modern India. All lectures were conducted by Vikram Lall.