Past Event

Jazz Goes to Bollywood: A Talk by Naresh Fernandes

October 11, 2023
11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Buell Hall, East Gallery: 515 W. 116th St.

Join Columbia's Center for Jazz Studies for a talk with Naresh Fernandes about his new book on the influence of jazz music on the Golden Era of Hindi film music.

In the late 1950s, a period acknowledged as the Golden Era of Hindi film music, Bollywood songs were enlivened by a rather unusual influence: jazz. This presentation will recall how a group of journeymen jazz musicians fleeing racism in the U.S. in the 1930s gave India a taste for hot music, and how these syncopated sounds found their way into the Hindi film studios. It will also explore how political ideas traveled the other way, as African Americans sought Gandhi’s advice on their political struggles.

Naresh Fernandes is the author of Taj Mahal Foxtrot: The Story of Bombay's Jazz Age. 

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