Pop Culture India!: Media, Arts, and Lifestyle

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ABC-CLIO, 2006 - Social Science - 336 pages
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"Pop Culture India! Media, Arts, and Lifestyle" follows the rise of modern India's pop culture world, especially since the 1980s, when relaxed censorship and economic liberalization led to an explosion in movies, music, mass media, consumerism, spiritual practices, and more. It is a captivating introduction to a diverse nation whose appetite for entertainment has led to some surprising twists and turns in recent history.

How did a popular Indian television series spark a change in government and the rise of Hindu nationalism? Are some Bollywood film companies laundering money for organized crime, or even al Qaeda? What accounts for the overwhelming popularity of that quaint vestige of colonialism, cricket? The answers, and many more intriguing insights, await the reader in "Pop Culture India!"

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
The Position of English
2
Political and Economic Development
3
The Indian Underworld
8
The Focus of This Volume
10
Women and Minorities
12
Gay Culture
15
Music
16
Issues
138
Conclusion
140
Bibliography and References
141
Television
143
The Satellite Instruction
145
The Televisionary
147
The Mother of All Soap Operas
149
The Soap Opera of the Gods
151

The Early Years
17
The Cassette Revolution
18
The Satellite Revolution
20
Popular Music in India Today
22
Nonfilm Pop Music
24
Indipop
26
Devotional Music
27
International Music
29
Links with Organized Crime
33
Bibliography and References
36
Theater
38
Sanskrit Theater
39
Traditional Theaters
41
Ram Lila and Ras Lila
42
Chavittu Natakam
43
Jatra
44
Tamasha
45
Nautanki
47
The Colonial British Theater
48
The Parsi Theater
50
Marathi Theater
52
Modern Marathi Theater
55
Vijay Tendulkar
57
After Tendulkar
58
Bengali Theater
59
The Early Playwrights
60
Commercial Theater
61
Indian Peoples Theatre Association
62
Modern Bengali Theater
63
Hindi and English Theaters in India
65
Theater in English
67
Issues
68
Plagiarism
70
Conclusion
71
A to Z Index
72
Bibliography and References
74
Indian Literature in English
77
The Development of Indian Literature in English
78
Novelists of the 1930s and 1940s
82
1950s1970s
85
1980s Onward
88
Pulp Fiction
93
Amar Chitra Katha and the Revolution in Indian Comic Books
94
Issues
96
The Publishing Industry
98
Conclusion
99
A to Z Index
100
Bibliography and References
102
Print Media in India Newspapers and Magazines
104
After 1857
107
The Freedom Struggle
110
After Independence
112
Mrs Gandhi and the Emergency
114
The Newspaper Revolution
115
Magazine Revolution
118
The Contemporary Scene
119
Issues
121
Harassment of the Press
122
The Case of Tehelkacom
123
Legislative Privileges
124
Conclusion
125
A to Z Index
126
Bibliography and References
128
Radio
130
Channels and Content
136
The Arrival of Satellite Television
154
The Great Television Scramble
157
Cablewallahs and MSOs
158
Doordarshans Response
159
Programs
160
News and NewsBased Programs
164
Sports Channels
166
Religious Channels
167
The Future of Television in India
168
Issues
169
Governments Response
170
Piracy and Plagiarism
172
Conclusion
174
A to Z Index
175
Bibiliography and References
177
Cinema
179
Popular Hindi Cinema
181
Plot
182
Emotion
183
Songs and Dances
184
Genre
186
Issues
203
Conclusion
211
Films from the South
213
Tamil Films and the Cinema of Politics
215
The Entrepreneurial Spirit of Telugu Cinema
222
The New Kannada Cinema
228
Cinema in Kerala
232
Conclusion
240
Bibliography and References
244
Cricket
249
Parsis and the Parsi Gymkhana
251
Triangulars Quadrangulars and Pentagulars
253
The Princes
255
Ranji
256
Baloo
257
The 1930s Onward
258
Post Independence
260
Cricket in Contemporary India
262
Cricket and Nationalism
263
Commercialization of Cricket
265
Match Fixing
266
Why Do Indians Love Cricket?
268
Conclusion
269
A to Z Index
270
Bibliography and References
272
Consumer Culture
275
Signs of Modern Consumer Culture
276
What the Shopping Malls Offer
277
Café Culture
280
Restaurants
283
High Fashion
284
ECommerce
287
New Age Spirituality
288
New Age Gurus
289
Issues
291
Uneven Distribution of Wealth
292
Conclusion
293
A to Z Index
294
Bibliography and References
296
Conclusion
298
Glossary
305
Index
309
About the Author
337
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About the author (2006)

Asha Kasbekar is a freelance journalist specializing in popular culture. She has worked at the British Board of Film Classification, taught Indian cinema at the University of London, and published papers on Bollywood films.

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