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Going Bhangra way

This is the first time there is a music specific to second-generation south Asians.

india Updated: Jan 15, 2003 00:34 IST
Rahul Ahmed
Rahul Ahmed

When Bappi Lahiri sued Dr. Dre for sampling a part of an old Hindi film song without permission (when he produced "Addictive" by Truth Hurts), I wasn't the only one laughing. Indian songwriters regularly use and have been “borrowing” bits and pieces of western songs to full effect.

As an avid listener of western music, I have spotted numerous riffs, tunes and beats cut and pasted from English to its supposed Hindi equivalent without any regard for copyright infringements.

However, what has now happened is somewhat of a trend reversal. Sizable pockets of talented musicians in the UK (and US), of "Asian" origin have brought about new musical styles into their adopted homelands. However, instead of using actual samples of Hindi songs, these "Asians" have created new sounds through Indian influences.

New forms of the traditional Indian bhangra have been re-created to be used as a means of expressing Indian (and South Asian) identity that is truly post-colonial, borrowing from every culture and transcending ethno-religious boundaries.

First Published: Jan 14, 2003 19:10 IST