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Bollywood songs are also known as ‘Hindi film songs’. These songs are featured in Bollywood films. Derided in Western film circles for the song-and-dance routine, Bollywood songs, along with dance, are a characteristic motif of Hindi cinema which gives it enduring popular appeal, cultural value and context. Hindi films are very popular in North-India and routinely played in shops, during train journeys and in marketplaces. Hindi film songs presented in 1931 for the first time by Ardeshir Irani. The second person was Madan, he had 42 songs strung together in the manner of an opera, and later by Indra Sabha which had as many as 69 song sequences. However, the practice subsided and subsequent films usually featured between six to ten songs in each production.

The name Bollywood is a combination of Bombay (Mumbai’s old name) and Hollywood and it is often used to summarize all movies produced in India. While Bollywood is the center of the Hindi movie industry, movies are made in other regions and local languages as well.

Music has been a part of Indian cinema since the first audio movie. “Alam Ara” included seven songs. The movie “Indra Sabha” from the 1932 included 69 songs. Today movies from India include between six and ten songs. Bollywood movies are not just about the story, the directing and the acting. The music in a movie is just as significant. Composers in the Indian movie industry are as important as directors and producers.

An interesting fact about the songs in Indian movies is that they are played as a background sound, rather than part of the dialogue. They are sung by professionals and lip-synced by the actors. But since the lyrics and choreography are carefully synchronized, the viewers are left with the impression that the song is a part of the act, as it would be in a traditional theatre musical.

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