The Evolution of Song and Dance in Hindi Cinema

deadline for submissions: 
June 1, 2016
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Journal of South Asian Popular Culture
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South Asian Popular Culture Special Issue Symposium - Call for Papers

Deadline: 1 June 2016

The Evolution of Song & Dance in Hindi Cinema

Sonoma State University, CA, USA, Friday 7 - Sunday 9 April 2017

SAPC’s special issue symposium invites interdisciplinary contributions from across subjects in the arts, humanities and social sciences to engage with and interrogate the evolution of song and dance in popular Hindi cinemas. 'South Asian popular cultures' are defined in a broad and inclusive way to incorporate lived and textual cultures, the mass and new media, different ways of life, and discursive modes of representation. Central to the formation of popular cultures are articulations of the economic, social and political spheres and the conference especially welcomes papers that will highlight these issues in relation to the theme of the conference.

SAPC's special issue conference is interested in the histories, representations and evolutions of song and dance in Hindi cinema. Since the advent of sound, song and dance has played a major role in Hindi cinema, and continues to do so in the twenty-first century, even as the types of song and dance featured in this cinema have continued to change. This conference will be dedicated to exploring the history and evolution of song and dance in Hindi cinema from the 1930s to the present era. Proposals are invited from academics, post-doctoral researchers, postgraduate research students, and from cultural practitioners (musicians, dancers, multimedia artists).

Some key themes of interest could include, but are not limited to:

  • The evolution of playback singing styles and recording technologies
  • The narrative function(s) of song and dance in Hindi cinema
  • The conflation - and, in recent years, growing separation - of song and dance in Hindi cinema
  • The circulation of Hindi films songs outside of the cinema, including the use of film songs to promote films
  • The changing aesthetics of song and dance, including related shifts in onscreen dynamics such as evolving gender roles and representations
  • The recent resurgence of the 'item number'
  • The advent of the male dancer
  • The incorporation of classical Indian dance forms (e.g., Kathak, Bharatnatyam) in Hindi cinema
  • Songs and dance on new media (e.g. their circulation on YouTube and social media sites)
  • Bollywood performances at weddings, LGBTQ club spaces, and public gatherings

All symposium papers will be invited to be submitted for consideration to be published as peer reviewed articles in a special issue of the journal, entitled 'The Evolution of Song and Dance in Hindi Cinema'. Visit the Journal website for more information.

Submission guidelines

For further information and to send your paper abstract, please contact Dr. Ajay Gehlawat. Abstracts should be 300 words in length and include a brief (2-3 lines) bio. Deadline for the submission of abstracts: 1 June 2016

SAPC Conference Organizing Committee:

Dr. Ajay Gehlawat, Sonoma State University, CA, USA
Professor Rajinder Dudrah, Birmingham City University, UK