The University of Iowa

Nov. 18 talk examines Hindi film song

November 13th, 2013

“Film Songs about Film Songs: Cultural Memory, Antakshari and ‘Hindustani Sanskriti’”

Fall 2013 SASP Seminar Series
Date: Monday, November 18, 2013
Time: 5:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: Room 2390, University Capitol Centre
Presented by: Gregory Booth
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This talk examines Hindi film song scenes not only as culture but as mediated expressions of cultural memory. These scenes are performances that call to mind and make expressive use of the historical experiences of Indian film audiences, and they show us film characters acting out India’s popular culture and cultural history. In addition to defining the core period of Hindi film style, Prof. Booth suggests that the growing frequency and conventionalization of such song scenes across the 1990s and 2000s are a nostalgic response to the decline of the conventional Hindi cinema in an ever more globalized India.

Gregory Booth is associate professor of ethnomusicology in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Auckland in New Zealand.

This event is free and open to the public and co-sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program in International Programs and the School of Music in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.

For more information, contact Meena Khandelwal at or (319)-335-2496.