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Dance in Hindi Cinema: A Podcast Series by Dr Vikrant Kishore

Updated: Dec 12, 2023

A Podcast Series created and produced by Dr Vikrant Kishore, Associate Professor, University of Nottingham, China

With assistance from the Asian Media, Culture and Society Network, Deakin University, Australia

Dance in Hindi Cinema, episode 1– Part 1:

Link: https://youtu.be/je1daVeVOsc?si=DxoipVCZu9p8jInY

Join Dr. Vikrant Kishore on an fascinating journey through the rich history of Dance in Hindi Cinema. This podcast series delves deep into the vibrant history and cultural significance of Hindi/Bollywood dance. Dr. Kishore brings a wealth of knowledge and firsthand experience to the series, exploring the evolution of dance in the world-renowned film industry. Drawing from Dr. Kishore's extensive research, including his book "From Real to Reel: Folk Dances of India in Bollywood Cinema" and his documentary works "Dancing to the Tunes of Bollywood – Chapter 1 & 2," audience can look forward to gaining interesting insights into this creative form.


In the premiere episode “Dance in Hindi Cinema – Part 1, the podcast traces the transformation of song-dance sequences in Hindi cinema, examining their integral roles in storytelling and audience engagement.

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“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the gifted musicians and composers whose work has significantly enhanced this podcast series. The music tracks, carefully curated from royalty-free sources provided by subscription-based services and the YouTube Audio Library, have been instrumental in shaping the auditory experience of our show. A special acknowledgment goes out to Aakash Gandhi and Hanu Dixit for their remarkable contributions available in the YouTube Audio Library. Their dedication and passion for music have truly brought our series to life. Additionally, I am grateful to my colleagues at UNNC - Richard Frenneaux and Thomas Zhao, for their invaluable assistance in the podcast recording setup. I thank Richard for his post-production inputs.” Vikrant


Voiced, mixed, and edited by Dr Vikrant Kishore


Music sourced from:

1. Shake It - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

2. Palace of Roses - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

3. Lotus Pond - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

4. Old World Saga - Hanu Dixit (YouTube Audio Library)

5. Raga Legacy - Hanu Dixit (YouTube Audio Library)

6. Raga Of Thousand Suns - Hanu Dixit (YouTube Audio Library)

7. Liquid Time - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

8. Raga - Dance of Music - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

9. A Flute's Mourning - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

10. Fusion of Dhol - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

• Aakash Gandhi’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGH2igDnkXo_J0A7OxMcJJg



Dance in Hindi Cinema, episode 1– Part 2

Link: https://youtu.be/pO32v9yuE44?si=tyg5V1yVcPJfw4rC


"Dance in Hindi Cinema" returns with Part 2 of the podcast series hosted by Dr. Vikrant Kishore. This episode takes the listeners to the 1950s, an era where the song-dance sequences gained firm grounding in Hindi Cinema. The podcast celebrates the era's cinematic visionaries—Guru Dutt, Mehboob, and Bimal Roy—who integrated music and dance as important narrative elements. As the podcast moves through the decades, audiences will be introduced to the dancing divas and heroes who carried Bollywood's rhythmic torch—from the classical elegance of Vyjayanthimala to the disco dynamism of Mithun Chakraborty. Join in to discover the choreographic artistry that became the soul of Hindi cinema, echoing through time in the footsteps of its legendary performers.


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“I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to all the gifted musicians and composers whose work has significantly enhanced this podcast series. The music tracks, carefully curated from royalty-free sources provided by subscription-based services and the YouTube Audio Library, have been instrumental in shaping the auditory experience of our show. A special acknowledgment goes out to Aakash Gandhi and Hanu Dixit for their remarkable contributions available in the YouTube Audio Library. Their dedication and passion for music have truly brought our series to life. Additionally, I am grateful to my colleagues at UNNC - Richard Frenneaux and Thomas Zhao, for their invaluable assistance in the podcast recording setup. I thank Richard for his post-production inputs.” - Vikrant


Voiced, mixed, and edited by Dr Vikrant Kishore


Music sourced from:

1. Shake It - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

2. ES_Holi Colors - Aks & Lakshmi (Epidemicsound.com)

3. ES_Kirwani Dhun - Banaras Baba & Kolkata Kid

4. ES_Sunle Tu Sun (Instrumental Version) - Aks & Lakshmi

5. ES_Far Away Troubles - Jhukane Bada (Epidemicsound.com)

6. ES_Midnight Dream - Pawan Krishna (Epidemicsound.com)

7. ES_Dreaming of Bollywood - Jhukane Bada

8. ES_Rebel Eyes - Dez Moran (Epidemicsound.com)

9. ES_Sing It Louder (Instrumental Version) - Particle House

10. ES_Lover's Paradise - Sight of Wonders (Epidemicsound.com)

11. ES_Dream Big - Pearce Roswell (Epidemicsound.com)

12. Train Of Thoughts - Hanu Dixit (YouTube Audio Library)

13. Indian Cinemascope - Hanu Dixit (YouTube Audio Library)

14. The Mumbai Beat - Hanu Dixit (YouTube Audio Library)

15. ES_Don't Ask Us - Falcon Dives (Epidemicsound.com)

16. Stealth - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

17. Introspective Taal - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

18. ES_Jaane Do - Aks & Lakshmi (Epidemicsound.com)

19. Fusion of Dhol - Aakash Gandhi (YouTube Audio Library)

• Epidemic Sound website: www.epidemicsound.com

• Aakash Gandhi’s youtube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCGH2igDnkXo_J0A7OxMcJJg




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