‘Pity those who do not know Rafi or Kishore’

M.J. Akbar in Deccan Herald:

“Who can ignore the fact that India’s growth rate was three per cent in the age of melody and is nine per cent in the age of sound?

“The pecking order of the senses has changed along with sensibilities. The ear has surrendered to the foot. You cannot really sing along with most modern Hindi film songs, but you can dance.

“Perhaps the most authentic indicator is the average life of a hit song. Popular music of the sixties and seventies still packs the shelves of shops, and even the fifties get a healthy look-in. Current hits are like floodtides. They swamp the market and then disappear. They are suddenly everywhere, and suddenly nowhere.”

Read the full article: Changing face of melody

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