Copying trends in music industry
November 14, 2005
I have heard lots about how Indian music directors (bolly,tolly,all-woods) copy from (or get inspired by) English/Latino/other music. Anu Malik is crowned for being the most obvious of the lot [he surely has the longest list in the site mentioned at the end] . But I have lately seen the reverse, yes since Moulin Rouge featured the Chamma Chamma song, Indians have been ecstatic about how others also copy (or remix or incorporate) Indian music (esp from movies) and make it palatable to their audiences.
One small example for which I am greatly indebted to my friend Rishi who made me realize Ilayaraja rocks:
There's a song by Ilayaraja in the 1985 Rajnikant starrer 'Sri Ragavendra' [a supposedly religious movie, though the song sounds somewhat ahem ahem..]. The song, 'Unakkum Enakkum Anandam' is remixed by none other than Black Eyed Peas! A commendable job indeed [the remix can be found here as song#11], as I might not have gone to musicindiaonline.com and heard that music track anyways, but this rap group did make me do so.. and of all the people, I have started appreating Ilayaraja's music.. though "Jagadeka Veerudu, Atiloka Sundaree" is an exception with some of the most mesmerizing music I have ever heard, and shall ever hear..
Kudos to the masetro, Ilayaraja and may he churn out more melodious tracks..
On a similar note, I came across this good site which tracks the similarities in the music getting featured in Bolly/Tolly/Other-woods and world music. The site is called "Inspired Indian Film Songs".
Most notable on that site is this page called trivia where I found this Ilayaraja-Black eyed Peas relation too.