Qu’elle horreur! I missed yesterday’s post, but I’m making up for it today.
I usually find it difficult to explain why I like fusion music, especially if it’s Indian fusion music. It’s not like B/K/Tollywood soundtracks don’t include everything from orchestral backgrounds to African choruses (Matru Ki Bijlee Ka Mandola) and blues (“Adiye”) and rock (“Sadda Haq”). And the occasional touch of EDM, and a little dance and club music (by “little” I mean “a lot”, hello Cocktail I’m looking at you). In fact, there probably isn’t a single soundtrack these days that’s wholly Indian, which makes sense given our current musical context.
The best part of this all is, it’s not even a modern phenomenon. Here’s “Eena Meena Deeka” from the 1980s movie Aasha.
I don’t know how precisely to classify that — swing? jazz? blues? — but it sure isn’t classical Indian.
And this is just color film! There’s one specific Sivaji Ganesan song that I was looking for, where he’s playing a sarcastic, Indian version of some pompous colonial English song. Or at least that’s my memory of the scene.
Oh, here’s an example!
It’s a 1968 movie, so still not the fifties range I was looking for, but just listen to it. Even her intonation’s more Western; no one traditionally trained in any kind of Indian singing would use a vibrato. What is this, big band? Definitely not classical Indian.
All right, this one’s for the 2.5 readers of this blog: Does anyone have any examples of older Indian “fusion” music? Or at least film songs that borrowed heavily from Western musical ideals of the time?