CA COSMOPOLITANISM, REMEDIATION, AND THE GHOST WORLD OF BOLLYWOOD DAVID NOVAK University of California, Santa Barbara Over the past. Intro Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood Double click to crop it if necessary (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr. In this article Novak discusses remediation in regards to Bollywood music, specifically the song-and-dance number “Jaan Pehechaan Ho” from.

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Rmediation Anthropology 24 1: For a fuller list of essays in Cultural Anthropology on media, see http: You are commenting using your Twitter account. I illustrate this through an ethnographic analysis of a videotape of the Heavenly Ten Stems, an experimental rock band in San Francisco, whose performance of the song was disrupted by a group of activists who perceived their reproduction as a mockery.

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Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood

Cultural An- thropology 13 3: Edo Bouman and Milan Hulsing, prods. Cultural Nationalism in a Global Arena. Although she was supportive of their action, Chien decided that she was uncomfortable with direct confrontation, so she chose to stand outside of the concert and distribute a one-page commentary she bollywoodd prepared to explain her stance. Onstage, the band sings a series of film songs in Hindi and pop ballads in Cantonese.


Manuel, Peter Cassette Culture: Clowes, Daniel Ghost World. The store was very close to the Chameleon nightclub where the Heavenly Ten Stems performance was to take place, and the activists came in to tell Chien of their plan to disrupt the concert.

Cul- tural Anthropology 24 2: If the standard metaphor for Bollywood films is a masala, a blended mix of spices, the song-and-dance sequence is a masala vada, a spiced lentil dumpling, which can be eaten alone or added to other dishes at will, but remains a distinct piece. Along bollgwood beats drawn from U. New York University Press. An Ethnography of Global Connection. Global media circulation requires attention to the back-and-forthness of it all. Zwigoff, Terry Crumb.

How much time, and how much space, is required to separate an object from its reiteration; an echo from the source of the sound? Luvaas, Brent Dislocating Sound: If we naturalize remediation as a new form of global cultural identity, we run the risk of compressing the specific conditions of particular subjects into a transcendent context of cosmopolitan subjectivity.

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Several sources credit the garage-rock group The Cramps with their first exposure to Jaan Pehechaan Ho, when band leader Lux insisted on showing the clip on the local Los Angeles television show Request Video in the early s. Back on the screen, we see the fantastic dance song continue to unfold, but the whole performance is sublimely silly, both a tribute to and a mockery bol,ywood the early rock-and-roll styles that it mirrors.


Immediately following this glamorously odd footage, the next shot reveals a row of suburban houses in a blue—gray evening twilight see Worpd 2.

After her clothes are torn, Allen slaps her accuser and the stage is suddenly crowded with audience members, performers, and protesters trying to calm the situation.

Plotlines, characters, and bol,ywood dialogue of Bollywood are often borrowed wholesale from Hollywood movies, Western novels and television shows, and older Indian films. Popular Worrld 7 2: In closing with my anachronistic ethnog- raphy of the Heavenly Ten Stems performance, I do not claim this moment, replete with the transcendent desires and conflicts of Californian multicultural- ist projects, as some kind of definitive version of Bollywood reception.

Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood — Cultural Anthropology

Filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt argues further that these remediations are not just pragmatic, but ontological: Skip to main content. Associated Press, June 4. How is Bollywood film song, often itself a kitschy send-up of American popular culture, remediated differently for different projects of reception?