Bollywood films are incomplete with Bollywood film music. Song, dance, drama have been the pillars of India’s narrative for ages. The voluminous work of Bollywood films is really impossible to put in one book. Ganesh Ananthraman a non-writer and music enthusiast has done this major task.
Ganeshji has spent his life watching Bollywood films, reading a lot about Bollywood, and meeting Bollywood fraternities and music directors to render the exact history of Bollywood filmy music. Today, Bollywood music is considered an established genre. It was 1903s when sound came into cinema and it came to the era of Talkie cinema. This technological change opened many doors for music composers, playback singers, music directors and instrument players, sound recordists. This technological change builds the complete music recording industry.
It is mesmerizing to know which singes came first and then who were the early music directors. How each passing decade reflected its mark on music, How the Bollywood music industry has evolved over the years, how each music director created music with their own style and how the audience took it!
Technological transformations from analog to digitally altered the complete working style of music composition. Today when we look back and watch the films we find it a perfect blend of music, story, film, and society. It is a wonderful book for a film music lover.