Playing tracks by
Shankar Ehsaan Loy & Sonu Nigam, Vishal & Shekhar, Shankar Mahadevan, Sunidhi Chauhan, Vishal Dadlani, Rahat Fateh Ali Khan, Shankar Ehsaan Loy, Sadhana Sargam, Sujata Bhattacharya, Udit Narayan, Sonu Nigam, Vishal & Shekhar, Vishal Dadlani, Hrithik Roshan, Katrina Kaif and more.
These are personal selections and not a representative sample of the film soundtrack riches of the subcontinent. If it were, there'd be a lot more Asha and Lata. Asha and Lata are two of the most well known playback singers in India, and are sisters no less! One of the signatures of Indian cinema are the complex, epic, and heavily choreographed songs and dances, which are made possible by the skill of playback singers.
Beyond the romanticism and the exhortations to dance, there is the use of musical collage and aggregation as a form. Songs will veer suddenly from one style to another and juxtapositions between traditional instruments, western orchestras and wild electronic beats and effects are common.
I hear all sorts of unlikely musical connections here—echoes of Malian music, Celtic melodies and Greek music. I'm not claiming there are any cross cultural influences, but maybe some shared DNA?