Bollywood Film Music: From Raga-s to Riches by Dr. Natalie Sarrazin

Bollywood is the largest film industry in the world, and most of its films are “musicals”! What is it about the film musical that makes it so compelling, prolific, and popular? This talk introduces audiences to Bollywood’s film music, and explores the creativity of the song picturization, its function within the narrative, and its contribution to character development. Beyond cinema, we’ll also discuss its impact outside of the film as a staple in India’s popular culture. This talk will be of interest to students and scholars of Asia, South Asia, music, ethnomusicology, anthropology, and film studies.

Dr. Natalie Sarrazin is currently an Associate Professor and Music Studies Coordinator at SUNY Brockport. Natalie holds a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Master’s degree in Music Education from Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University. Dr. Sarrazin is a scholar and researcher in ethnomusicology and music education. Her books include Popular Music in Contemporary India; Problem-Based Learning for the College Music Classroom; Music in Contemporary Indian Film: Memory, Voice and Identity; Music and the Child and Indian Music for the Classroom.

In 2015 Natalie co-founded and is Executive Director of the Western Music Education Association in India (WMEA), a non-profit music education organization affiliated with the US’s NAfME, the National Association for Music Education that is dedicated to supporting and training music educators in India.


Presented  by the Asian Studies program in collaboration with the Hofstra Cultural Center


Date: Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Time: 1-2:25 pm. 

Location: Virtual Event

Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Advance registration is required. Please RSVP using the RSVP for this Event link. 

Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom link to join the event.


For more information, contact the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit



Tuesday, April 27, 2021



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