Friday, June 27, 2014

[Indian Culture Workshop 2013-2014] Session 6: Changing Indianness: Bollywood, music, and dance

Session #6: Changing Indianness: Bollywood, music, and dance
Speaker: Ms. Minaz Master

Indian movies have gained international attention in the last decades, and even earned a title, Bollywood. From the 3 Idiots to the first 3D dance movie ABCD: AnyBody Can Dance in 2013, the Indian cinema is surely a global sensation. Speaking of Bollywood, people would normally think about series of singing and dancing scenes, as well as colorful costumes and settings. This perception did nourish the birth of the Moulin Rouge!, which was an attempt for Hollywood to create something that resembles the Bollywood genre. Yet, if we take a look at some classics in the past decades, we will find the many transformations of Indian cinema. To be precise, this involves adding a lot of Westernized elements, while enforcing some of the Orientalist perceptions.

In this session, Ms Master showed us the constant change of Indian cinema, including the dance and music styles in it. She explained that the Indian cinema has been able to preserve some traditional Indian values, but at the same time also adopted some Western elements. Film is a powerful medium for us to understand Indian society which is in turn highly influenced by this medium.

Indeed, contemporary Indian cinema plays a powerful role in creating and shaping social identities, political orientations, as well as cultural values. Other than being joyful and delightful, Bollywood movies are also a medium to tackle critical social issues. Sensitive subjects such as sexuality, that are difficult to articulate in everyday contexts, are often a popular theme in Indian cinema. In Deepa Mehta’s Elements trilogy (Fire, Earth and Water), Fire became the first Indian movie explicitly dealing with homosexuality, and Water touched on the topic of widowhood. Indian film also plays a role at times of political turmoil. For instance, the 1957 classic Mother India uses a mother figure during a period of instability in India, to create a sense of security for the people.

Using Bollywood movies as a lens to look at social or cultural taboos provides a new way to intercultural understanding, and helps to debunk a lot of misconceptions. 

Ms. Minaz Master (far right) enjoying Indian cuisine with the participants after giving a talk on Bollywood movies


  1. She started her career in the year 2007 with a reality TV show which is named as Keeping Up with Kardashians and proved successful. Soon, she posed for a nude pictorial for Playboy once she got success spending years on TV shows. In the year 2008, she started her career in feature film, Spoof Disaster Movie which is the debut film of her. With the consistency of effectiveness throughout her career, she made cameo in an episode of sitcom How I Met Your Mother, in “Benefits” then, she also launched an endorsement with ShoeDazzle shopping. Then, she continues endorsing multiple projects such as vanilla cupcake for a bakery of Los Angeles, she released a workout DVD series and then, Kardashian become a guest host of Wrestlemania XXIV and guest judge of America’s Next Top Model. Read more kim kardashian sex tape,kim kardashian sex video,kim kardashian porn, kim kardashian porn video, Kim kardashian nude, Visit at

  2. keto burn xtreme
    Bsuccessfully get thinner, you must use-up more calories than you take in in a day. If you aren’t doing that, you’re not going to get rid of fat, no issue how many miles you’re logging. Frequent execute out can create you hungrier than usual, so you may have upped your calories without even realizing it. Try to

  3. keto ultra
    ty, particularly for those who are chemically-sensitive, or have any conditions which entail the lungs. • • The most essential is always to practice daily healthy and balanced and healthy and balanced execute out and to observe diet strategy strategy. The key perpetrator are sugars and carbs meals, which the

  4. [url=]Vertex Method[/url] Healthy food will style higher. Processed tomato merchandise are best prevented by these affected by gout and arthritis since they include high ranges of sodium and sugar which are not good for those with BP, heart disease and diabetes. These well being packages incorporate doctor counseling, blood samples being taken from house, and supply a comprehensive report of how your exact body situation today is. With a considerable amount paid only once, once can save the variety of injections, exams and hospital rooms which he or she by no means wishes to see in life. Eat Mindfully: ”The physique can't effectively release digestive enzymes to correctly break down food while you eat distracted, confused, or on the go, in contrast with if you're eating in a extra relaxed state,” says Brixius.

  5. Vertex Method Healthy food will style higher. Throughout midlife we encounter a natural movement from inside ourselves to go away our surface identification and journey to our innermost identity—the Heart. Free Radicals are by-products of oxidative damages to the cells of the body, as a natural results of metabolism, or from our unhealthy way of life of fry meals, smoking and different poisons we put in our body. Along with the aesthetic benefits, usually practicing this total-body workout can ease back ache, enhance bone density and increase heart rate. If your Google AdSense application was disapproved, the AdSense adverts in your articles are being shown on HubPages' share of impressions to help support the positioning. With the fitting equipment and wholesome recipes that can assist you with all of your kitchen duties, you need not rely on immediate meals and quick food products anymore.