The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Voices of Sheila: Re-signification in Bollywood Filmic and Non-filmic Contexts

The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema - Diane Hughes

Nina Menezes [+-]
University of Florida
Nina Menezes is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Music (Ethnomusicology) at the University of Florida. As a soprano, she has performed recitals, and has toured with groups and ensembles internationally. Nina held an extensive recording career in her hometown Chennai; her voice has featured on several award-winning film soundtracks for Bollywood and Kollywood cinema. As a music educator, Nina has taught voice, piano, music theory in her private studio; some of her students have been female playback singers in the film industry.

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This volume focuses on the singing voice in contemporary cinema from 1945 to the present day, and rather than being restricted to one particular genre, considers how the singing voice has helped define and/or confuse genre classification. Typically heard in song, the singing voice is arguably the most expressive of all musical instruments. This volume celebrates the ways in which singing features in film. This includes the singing voice as protagonist, as narrator, as communicator, as entertainer, and as comedic interlude. Whether the singing voice in film is personally expressive, reflexive and distant, or synchronized for entertainment, there is typically interplay between the voice and visual elements. Extending beyond the body of literature on ‘the musical’, the volume is not about musicals per se. Rather, The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema discusses the singing voice as a distinct genre that focuses on the conceptualization and synchronization of the singing voice in the post-War era. It explores the relationship between screen, singing, singer and song; it celebrates the intersection of the singing voice and popular culture. In doing so, the volume will cross multiple disciplines including vocal studies, film studies, film sound studies, and music production (vocal processing).

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Menezes, Nina. Voices of Sheila: Re-signification in Bollywood Filmic and Non-filmic Contexts. The Singing Voice in Contemporary Cinema. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Mar 2021. ISBN 9781781791127. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=35464. Date accessed: 16 Dec 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.35464. Mar 2021

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