Her majestic voice : South Indian female playback singers and stardom, 1945-1955 / Kiranmayi Indraganti. - First edition. - xl, 186 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 23 cm

Includes bibliographical references (pages 165-174) and index.

Machine generated contents note: Plate section (between pp. 72 and 73)
1.Broad Strokes and Simple Chords
2.Telugu Talkies
3.Of `Ghosts' and Singers: Debates around Playback Singing
4.My Song: Life as a Playback Singer
5.New Language, New Singer

This work brings to light the previously uncharted history of female playback singers in the South-Indian (Telugu) film industry between 1945 and 1955. Playback singers such as R. Balasaraswati Devi, K. Jamuna Rani, Jikki Krishnaveni, P. Leela, and the singing actress P. Bhanumati's contribution to playback singing have been studied in order to arrive at a more cohesive history of Indian cinema.

9780199463565 (hbk.) Rs750.00

Library of Congress -- New Delhi Overseas Office


Motion picture music--History and criticism.--India--Andhra Pradesh
Motion picture music--History and criticism.--India, South
Women singers--India--Andhra Pradesh.
Women singers--India, South.

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