Music for the Migrant’s Soul: Blending the Traditional with the Topical…

  • Madhusri Shrivastava Université Paul Valéry - Montpellier 3, France

Abstract

This paper explores how the Bhojpuri music industry is catering to the needs of north Indian migrants in Mumbai, India. Bhojpuri is the dialect spoken by large numbers in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. The influx of Bhojpuri speaking migrants to different parts of India has led to a demand for music that helps them remain anchored to their region. This study examines the content of music videos, CDs and cassettes, to show how tropes from the collective memory of migrants are embossed in the lyrics, while their aspirations are interwoven with an idyllic image of the home states. Ribaldry, folk music and topical issues are melded to create a familiar world. The result is a distillate of the region’s socio-cultural values. Meanwhile, the industry is creating a global identity for the migrants, connecting them to Bhojpuri diaspora across the world.

Published
February 1, 2015
How to Cite
Shrivastava, M. (2015, February 1). Music for the Migrant’s Soul: Blending the Traditional with the Topical…. Networking Knowledge: Journal of the MeCCSA Postgraduate Network, 8(1). https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.31165/nk.2015.81.361