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I wanna hold your hand! Beatles in Bollywood

Film music provides the framework for almost the entire popular music outside of the cinematic world. India is not alone in this: Indonesia (dangdut); Argentina (tango), and Egyptian pop music have evolved out of cinematic musical traditions. Pop music in India is film music and vice versa. Indian cinema’s hybridity goes back a long way. Western musical influences in Indian cinema can be traced to the post-war era when Indian classical music gave way to strings, horns, and drums. Spot the seamless use of a Beatles number here:

Beatlemania in Jaanwar (1965)

Sir McCartney might want to have a go at these guys for royalties! For some more on the history of Hindi film music, read my previous post on film music here.

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