Thursday, February 15, 2007

The breath of musical culture from India - and related matters 

Always something new to learn - and to appreciate the compex of cultures around us. Apparently one reason for the number of songs in Bollywood films is as a substitute for 'bedroom scenes'. Just watch out for the number of times a pregnancy is part of the plot shortly afterwards. More information on the Metafilter for February 14th on Love, Bollywood Style, together with YouTube clips of notable Bollywood numbers.

Another clip linked in this item is of an evocation of the Indian National Anthem 'Jana Gana Mana' - and here the comments attached to the YouTube clip are also sadly interesting. Includes some vicious invective against India from non-Indians, giving a sad background to our UK debates on areas of tension in other parts of the world, and how this could shape our UK security policies.

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