I am not sure why the name Bollywood came from but it seems to fit quite nicely.
The difference in Western music and Indian music is minimal Both genres seem to have 2-3 verses all sandwiched by a repetitive and fairly catchy chorus.
Indian music seems to be to be much more melodious and more harmonious than its Western counterpart.
With legends like Mohammad Rafi and Kishore Kumar who, back in the 60’s to early 80’s seem to have set a very strong trend in Indian cinematic music, the Indian industry today is a very loyal following of their work.
Indian music is something you can very easily sing along to and even hum throughout the day, it is very catchy, it is pleasant and soothing.
90% of Indian songs are, in fact, love songs. Where the man or woman conveys their undying love for their significant (or potential) other.
The remaining songs are a mixture of sad songs, religious songs or comical/dance tracks.
Indian cinema is known for having many songs amidst the movie and songs are so popular in India, that on certain movies, the audience actually get up in the cinema and start dancing. Its a form of rejoicing and enjoying a good time. It is not too dissimilar to how you would expect a concert to be in the UK or USA but in the cinema hall.
Today, the Indian music scene has gone very Western and some even say that Indian music has essentially, lost its roots. I believe this to be true to an extent, in that; Bollywood seem to be following whatever trend is set by the Western world.
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