Brought to Life by the Voice: Playback Singing and Cultural Politics in South India (South Asia Across the Disciplines) (Paperback)

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To 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.

About the Author


Amanda Weidman is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Bryn Mawr College and the author of Singing the Classical, Voicing the Modern: The Postcolonial Politics of Music in South India.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780520377066
ISBN-10: 0520377060
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: June 15th, 2021
Pages: 270
Language: English
Series: South Asia Across the Disciplines