Musical Musings by Indu Balakrishnan

I am a huge Bollywood fan. And 90s movies are my favourite. Actually most of the things related to the 90s are, but right now we are talking about musical musings so I will do my best to not digress. 

Bollywood movies are a lot of fun. They have drama, tragedy, romance, comedy and ofcourse, the bigget element of them all – MUSIC. Even today, I listen to the CD that has all the songs of my favourite 90’s movies. When my niece once asked me what I do to relax, I told her that sitting in the car and listening to hindi songs would be my pick. They make me emotional, they give me energy and some of them make me create profound thoughts even. (OK I’m exaggerating a tad, but the rest of them are true). 

When I was in class eight, my dad and I went to see the movie, Hum Apke Hai Kaun. I loved it. It was so much fun. Happiness all around. And I counted. Every dress Madhuri wore, she sang and danced in it. There were 14 songs in it. And I still listen to those songs. Most people loved the movie. It did earn ₹1.27 billion worldwide. The film also won the National Film Award for Best Popular Film Providing Wholesome Entertainment. So it can’t have done anything wrong, am I correct? But my father HATED IT. For one of the reasons that I loved it. 

And then there was Rangeela. Dad hated that movie too. But boy, I love the songs. (Besides I think it’s not corect that anyone reacts badly to music created by ARR). By the time the movies got over, there were tears in my eyes and my dad’s. Mine – cos of the happy ending ofcourse. Who doesn’t love a happy ending. And dad’s tears?  – he was in pain. Oh well. You win some you lose some. 

Then there was another blockbuster from that era – DDLJ. My dad actually got me the original music cassette. Yup, it was a while ago clearly. 🙂 Point being, the songs are quite timeless.  There are a lot of messages conveyed in the songs. Bring out a lot of emotions. And make us smile with joy. 

Music has the ability to evoke powerful emotional responses. Positive emotions dominate musical experiences. Pleasurable music has the power to lead to the release of neurotransmitters associated with reward, such as dopamine. Listening to music is an easy way to alter mood or relieve stress. SO yes. Music can make a big difference in one’s life. Today, I introduce my kids to the likes of Air Supply and Bryan Adams. In return, I learn K-POP. My daughter even teaches me Hip-Hop steps. Different generations, but there is music in them all, isn’t it? 

What are you listening to today? 

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