Indian cinema is composed of numerous languages and popular film music. Normally, people associate film music with famed Hindi music but that’s not true. Numerous other languages are also an integral part of this fascinating aspect. But I general, Hindi film music is seen as the essence of commercial Indian cinema. During the initial era, Hindi films were made without any songs. That was also the era of silent movies. But once dialogues became integral part of Hindi movies, music also came in its own. Since the days Alam Ara, very few Hindi movies have been made without having delightful assimilation of songs. Most of the films that have been made without any songs come in the league of Art cinema that was started by movie Ankur (by Shyam Benegal).
The best feature of Hindi film music is assimilation of all forms and all genres of music in it. It’s a hugely compelling form of music that thrives on amalgamation of diverse culture and different types of songs. The concept of copyright has not managed to cater of film music as evident by adaptation of all forms of music. Whether it is classical music or devotional or folk music, Hindi film music has always taken inspiration from different sources. Film music has also been quietly influenced by foreign music like opera, Persian or Japanese music. Western style orchestras have been repeatedly used in Hindi movies since the time immemorial. Film industry has given us many quality playback singers that give their voice to the onscreen actors.