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a bollywood bash by
way of the five senses by
Emily Meyer | 1 2 3
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incense to add ambience to the Indian evening. Something with vanilla,
sandalwood or cinnamon tones would lend that spicy, exotic feel.
Candles will not only look nice, but add warmth and sweetness to
the party environment, especially those with ginger or red clover
most essential element required to evoke that Bollywood ambience
is the fabulous music of this genre of film. Here are four
picks, all of which are available at amazon.com.
Each works well for parties, both as background music and dance
Rough Guide to Bollywood by Various Artists
of India— This disc features an overview of both
ballads and duets as well as danceable club music from
1960 to the present.
the Hard Way: Guns, Cars And Sitars— This
album is worth buying for the cover art alone. The film
stills of Indian mobsters, thugs, and other seedy folks
are priceless. The songs make for a good background soundtrack,
as each one is actually incidental music from movie chase
scenes and dramatic moments. A personal favorite track: "Good,
the Bad, and the Chutney."
Rough Guide to Bhangra by Various Artists— Bhangra
is the Punjabi dance music that originated in rural villages
and has been transformed into modern club music. It is
great for dancing, with its dhol drum beats.
Asha by T.S. Soundz— Modern techno music
with the sounds of sitar and tabla, as well as Bhangra-style
A young couple in love fight for the freedom to
be together amidst India’s strict caste system.
Dulhania Le Jayenge (1995)
When opposites attract, a responsible middle class
girl and a goof-off rich college drop-out fall in love
despite their incessant fighting. Then, they must protect
their future together by gaining the approval of their
The story of a love triangle between an actress
and the two men she loves-- her longtime boyfriend and
her leading man.
Also, for recent films that have Indian elements
but are not true Bollywood films, check out Monsoon
Wedding (2002) and The
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