It does not matter whether it reminds you of the Green Channel or Oscar Wilde; you are equally welcome.
The blogger is not someone who can share his expertise because he has very little–about the subjects that he touches on in this blog: music, literature, culture, society…of India. It is just a labor of love. Nothing to Declare, in essence means, nothing much to preach, teach, educate.
It is a labor of love, with the blogger’s daytime profession, research influencing the writing style heavily, and in some cases, even the angle of the topic. Unlike his other blog, shyamanuja.in, where he does offer his opinion in many posts, here the effort is to keep away from offering an opinion, though sometimes, a thin line divides analysis and opinion.
The choice of topics have one common thread. They are all about people, work, happenings, aspects which have not been celebrated enough, even though they are – and here comes the opinion bias – among the best and finest. It is not that Ravi as a music composer is particularly lesser-known, even though he may have been underrated. But what has been highlighted is one of the least known aspects of his composition, as a possible explanation to a specific observation. Similarly, some of the work – such as Rangabati and Man Dole – are among the most popular in their genre. What has been highlighted here are the lesser known aspects of people behind them.
This is not a blog that will educate or enlighten you. If it just informs you about a small aspect/piece of information, love’s labor wouldn’t be lost
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Hi, This is a very good compendium on bollywood journey. This is one of my hobbies, so after a long time I saw someone really writing on this subject. Rather I must say I have not come across any blog on this subject so thought of sharing a bit of my views on this. Apart from the ones that you have mentioned, there is a book by Sangita gopal and Sujata moorti on ‘Global bollywood:Travels of Hindi song and dance'( University of Minnesota press). Excerpt can be seen in Google books also. Some of the other books which have been framed on the same subject are-
-A.R. Rahman : The Musical Storm / Kamini Mathai
-Begum Akhtar : Love’s Own Voice / S. Kalidas
-The Forgotten Forms of Hindustani Music / Rabindra Bharali
Besides another interesting compendium is ‘The Oxford Encyclopedia of the Music of India (3 Vols.)’ which has captured the journey of music across length and breadth of our country contributed by around 250 notable musicians over a decade of time.
This is no doubt a great subject of discussion. Look forward to contributing more in the days to come.
Thanks. I will try to lay my hands on them. Just one thing. I had kept it strictly to Hindi film music. Hindustani classical music as a subject has quite a few good books. Also, there are a couple of books on popular music in India with chapters on film music. But surely, the first two books that you suggest should surely be part of this.
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I have a suggestion.Could u do a compilation of Wajid Ali Shah thumris sung in Hindi films.Set in Rag Bhairavi.I have pinpointed 3 so far.Babul mora,baat chalat nayi chunari,Laga chunari mein daag