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dc.contributor.authorWeidman, Amanda
dc.date.accessioned2021-07-23T15:11:21Z
dc.date.available2021-07-23T15:11:21Z
dc.date.issued2021
dc.identifierONIX_20210723_9780520976399_8
dc.identifier.urihttps://library.oapen.org/handle/20.500.12657/50168
dc.description.abstractTo produce the song sequences that are central to Indian popular cinema, singers’ voices are first recorded in the studio and then played back on the set to be lip-synced and danced to by actors and actresses as the visuals are filmed. Since the 1950s, playback singers have become revered celebrities in their own right. Brought to Life by the Voice explores the distinctive aesthetics and affective power generated by this division of labor between onscreen body and offscreen voice in South Indian Tamil cinema. In Amanda Weidman’s historical and ethnographic account, playback is not just a cinematic technique, but a powerful and ubiquitous element of aural public culture that has shaped the complex dynamics of postcolonial gendered subjectivity, politicized ethnolinguistic identity, and neoliberal transformation in South India. “This book is a major contribution to South Asian Studies, sound and music studies, anthropology, and film and media studies, offering original research and new theoretical insights to each of these disciplines. There is no other scholarly work that approaches voice and technology in a way that is both as theoretically wide-ranging and as locally specific.” NEEPA MAJUMDAR, author of Wanted Cultured Ladies Only! Female Stardom and Cinema in India, 1930s–1950s “Brought to Life by the Voice provides a detailed and highly convincing exploration of the varying links between the singing voice and the body in the Tamil film industry since the mid-twentieth century. The historical and ethnographic analysis the book presents is meticulous and excellent.” PATRICK EISENLOHR, author of Sounding Islam: Voice, Media, and Sonic Atmospheres in an Indian Ocean World
dc.languageEnglish
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHM Anthropology
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JF Society & culture: general::JFS Social groups::JFSL Ethnic studies::JFSL3 Black & Asian studies
dc.subject.classificationbic Book Industry Communication::J Society & social sciences::JH Sociology & anthropology::JHM Anthropology::JHMC Social & cultural anthropology, ethnography
dc.subject.otherAnthropology
dc.subject.otherAsian Studies
dc.subject.otherEthnomusicology
dc.titleBrought to Life by the Voice
dc.title.alternativePlayback Singing and Cultural Politics in South India
dc.typebook
oapen.identifier.doi10.1525/luminos.104
oapen.relation.isPublishedBy72f3a53e-04bb-4d73-b921-22a29d903b3b
oapen.relation.isbn9780520976399
oapen.relation.isbn9780520377066
oapen.imprintUniversity of California Press
oapen.pages272
oapen.place.publicationOakland


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