Hindi Dance Music
Hindi Dance Music encompasses a wide range of songs predominantly featured in the Bollywood film industry with a growing worldwide attraction. The music first became popular among overseas Indians in countries such as South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States of America and eventually developed a global fan base
While Hindi Dance Music do form part of the music of Bollywood, the wide-based genre songs became popular by the early to mid 2000's after the worldwide success of the song "Mundian To Bach Ke" which charted in various international music charts and other famous dance songs such as "Kajra Re". By the late 2000s Hindi Dance Music attained worldwide recognition following success of the Oscar-winning song "Jai Ho". By the 2010s, due to the growing fan base of EDM, Hindi Dance Music began incorporating it into their style of music while maintaining its diverse types of song production. This prompted the recognition of songs such as "Baby Doll". The style of music was also greatly an influence for British singer M.I.A. and her album Matangi.
The filmi music and dances in Bollywood films are a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance traditions, in fusion with Middle Eastern techniques. The dances in older Hindi movies represented supposed dances of the common people, although they involved original choreography. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style. Since they are group dances, they are often used as joyful exercise music. The style of dance has also highly influenced international artists and appears in songs such as "Come & Get It" and EDM hit "Lean On".
The choreography of Bollywood dances takes inspiration from Indian folk dances, classical dances (like kathak) as well as disco and from earlier Hindi filmi dances.
Hindi film choreographers
- B. Sohanlal ( Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam, Jewel Thief, Chaudhvin ka Chand)
- Lachhu Maharaj (Mahal, Pakeezah, Mughal-e-Azam)
- Chiman Seth (Mother India)
- Krishna Kumar (Awaara, Madhosh, Andaz)
Among the modern choreographers the notable are:
- Shiamak Davar (Taal, Bunty aur Babli, Dil To Pagal Hai)
- Saroj Khan (Baazigar, Soldier, Veer-Zaara)
- Ahmed Khan (Rangeela, Pardes, Mere Yaar Ki Shaadi Hai)
- Raju Khan (Lagaan, Krrish)
- Vaibhavi Merchant (Dhoom, Swades, Rang de Basanti)
- Remo (Jo Bole So Nihal, Pyaar Ke Side Effects, Waqt)
- Farah Khan (Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham..., Monsoon Wedding, Dil Chahta Hai)
Choreographers known for taking Bollywood dance global:
- Jyoti Trivedi known for taking Bollywood dance to the UK, namely London through The Angel Dance School.
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