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Bombay Film Music: 1940 To Now In 309 Seconds

Bombay Film Music: 1940 To Now In 309 Seconds


US-based Penn Masala calls itself the " world’s first and premier South Asian a cappella group" that was formed in 1996 at the University of Pennsylvania. They have recently come out with their eighth studio album, Kaavish. This is how they describe the above video:

Bollywood music has changed immensely over the decades. We've seen legendary singers redefine genres, musical directors pushing the envelope with their arrangements, and the arts and culture of India thrive. Penn Masala was created 18 years ago to celebrate the impact that Bollywood has had on our lives, and to pay tribute to some of the timeless classics that we, our parents, and grandparents love...

We created this song and music video over the span of multiple months, carefully picking and choosing pieces that were not only popular but defining of their respective genres/decades. Because of the nature of such a piece, we had to make some decisions to shorten and/or lengthen certain decades in order to fit musically. This is why certain songs are out of order in the timeline, and why the number indication may not be accurate to the specific song playing. We do hope that you enjoy the 'Evolution of Bollywood Music' regardless.

Songs featured in this video:

"Suhani Raat Dhal Chuki" - Dulari

"Mera Joota Hai Japani" - Shree 420
"Eeena Meena Deeka" - Aasha

"Ajeeb Dastaan Hai Yeh" - Dil Apna Aur Preet Parai
"Aaja Aaja Main Hoon Pyaar Tera" - Teesri Manzil
"Roop Tera Mastana" - Aradhana

"Hum Tum Ek Kamre Mein Band Hon" - Bobby
"Yeh Dosti" - Sholay
"Bachna Ae Haseeno" - Hum Kisise Kum Naheen
"Khaike Pan Banaraswala" - Don

"Om Shanti Om" - Karz
"Inteha Ho Gayi Intezaar Ki" - Sharaabi

"Pehla Nasha" - Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar
"Mehndi Laga Ke Rakhna" - Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
"Muqabla" - Humse Hai Muqabla
"Dil To Pagal Hai" - Dil To Pagal Hai
Chaiyya Chaiyya" - Dil Se
"Meri Mehbooba" - Pardes
"Koi Mil Gaya" - Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
"Tunak Tunak Tun" - Daler Mehndi
"Dhol Baaje" - Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
"Kahin Aag Lage" - Taal

"Na Tum Jaano Na Hum" - Kaho Na Pyaar Hai
"Koi Kahe Kehta Rahe" - Dil Chahta Hai
You Are My Soniya" - Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
"Mitwa" - Lagaan
Pretty Woman" - Kal Ho Na Ho
"Kajra Re" - Bunty Aur Babli
"Dhoom" - Dhoom
Where's the Party Tonight" - Kabhi Alvida Naa Kehna
"Mauja Hi Mauja" - Jab We Met
"Jai Ho" - Slumdog Millionaire
"Deewangi Deewangi" - Om Shanti Om

"Munni Badnaam Hui" - Dabangg
"Sheila" - Tees Maar Khan
"Ooh La La" - The Dirty Picture
"Jiya Re" - Jab Tak Hai Jaan
"Dilli Walli Girflriend" - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani
"Badtameez Dil" - Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani

Of course no such list or choices can ever satisfy all, or even do justice to all those songs and tunes we all have grown up listening to. Tell us what would you include —and exclude — for the above decades

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