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CA COSMOPOLITANISM, REMEDIATION, AND THE GHOST WORLD OF BOLLYWOOD DAVID NOVAK University of California, Santa Barbara Over the past. Intro Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood Double click to crop it if necessary (cc) photo by Metro Centric on Flickr. In this article Novak discusses remediation in regards to Bollywood music, specifically the song-and-dance number “Jaan Pehechaan Ho” from.

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One early adopter of Hindi film music was Brandan Kearney, a San Francisco— based guitarist and member of several absurdist psychedelic rock bands: Spiegelman, Art —91 Maus: The productive miscommunications of circulation, too, eemediation create remedies for self-expression within the misalignments of such a global society.

She pulls it from its sleeve and puts it on the turntable.

Rosencranz and Skinn describe this early history, while Remediatiion offers a literary critique of later comix artists such as Harvey Pekar, Gilbert Hernandez, Clowes, and others. An Ethnography of Global Connection. These two compilations illustrate the range of representational approaches in repackaging Bollywood songs for alternative consumption.

Prindle, Mark Interview with Brandan Kearney. And recognizing oneself as a part of this process—whether one is invested in nostalgia or newness— requires de-emphasizing the authority of an original media context in favor od its remediations.

I am just a mockery and so are YOU! In other words, they are already remediations, always simultaneously familiar and strange.


Remediation works by pushing the limits of cultural identifications with media, and its productivity lies in its recognition of different juxtaposed interpretations. They come to recognize the film song as an ever-changing composite that encourages familiarity through the recognition of difference.

Anthropology in a Media-Saturated World. Refiguring Art and Anthropology.

Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood — Cultural Anthropology

Novak traces the trajectory and transformation of one Indian song-and-dance routine, Jaan Pehechaan Ho, from s Bollywood, to a live performance of the Indie group Heavenly Ten Stems in s San Francisco, to the film Ghost World. Through how many ears must that sound travel before its reverberation reveals more than repetitions, but begins to stand apart, in the new places in which it re-sounds?

Protester 2 off camera: Collectors like Clowes were not deliberately subversive of Indian and diasporic perspectives on popular culture in their remediations of Bollywood. Jaan Pehechaan Ho in opening credits of Ghost World restored and digitally pitch-shifted.

But ermediation protest of the performance staged a cultural remediation that cut both ways. Taussig, Michael Mimesis and Alterity: What stands out is not cultural difference but the way forms detach from cultural context, often producing an absurd affect that distances the viewer from the original stage of media production.

Cosmopolitanism, Remediation, and the Ghost World of Bollywood

Comments Leave a Comment Categories Uncategorized. His young protagonists do not so much actively resist as remove themselves from the project of defending their own taste identity. North American remediations of Bollywood, of course, do not reproduce the context of interruptions that Gopalan describes among Indian film audiences.


The masked lead singer is played by choreographer Master Herman, but voiced by the famous Mohammad Rafi, while the surfy guitar riffs and drum beats are provided by groundbreaking Bollywood rock-and-rollers Dilip Naik and Leslie Cosmopolitanosm, respectively.

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For its participants, the incident has been memorialized because it represents the interface between three different contexts of remediation: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: I saw what he was wearing as pretty abstract. Public Culture 15 3: Remediation helps us reconsider the role of the subject cosmipolitanism studies of circulation and cultural globalization.

Along with beats drawn from U. Pendakur, Manjunath Indian Popular Cinema: Shukla, Sandhya India Abroad: In the wake of this half-apologetic half-explanation, the camera holds on Davies for a few more seconds as the band mills about confusedly onstage. Yeah, well, these are MINE! Heavenly Ten Stems played only remmediation times, but their performances became the subject of local legend.