Hindi dance music

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Hindi dance music encompasses a wide range of songs predominantly featured in the Bollywood film industry with a growing worldwide attraction. The music became popular among overseas Indians in places such as South Africa, Mauritius, Fiji, the Caribbean, Canada, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands and the United States of America and eventually developed a global fan base.[1]


While Hindi dance music forms part of the music of Bollywood, the wide-based genre songs became popular by the early-to-mid-2000s after the worldwide success of the song "Mundian To Bach Ke" which charted in various international music charts, and other famous dance songs such as "Kajra Re".[2] By the late 2000s, Hindi dance music attained worldwide recognition following the success of the Oscar-winning song "Jai Ho". By the 2010s, due to the growing fan base of EDM, Hindi dance music began incorporating EDM, prompting the recognition of songs such as "Baby Doll". The style of music was also an influence for British singer M.I.A. and her album Matangi.

Bollywood dance[edit]

Bollywood dances usually follow filmi songs.

The filmi music and dances in Bollywood films are a synthesis of formal and folk Indian traditional music and dance traditions, in fusion with Middle Eastern techniques. The dances in older Hindi movies represented supposed dances of the common people, although they involved original choreography. Bollywood dances have evolved as a unique and energetic style. Since they are group dances, they are often used as joyful exercise music.[3] The style of dance has also highly influenced international artists and appears in songs such as "Don't Phunk with My Heart", "Come & Get It", "Legendary Lovers", "Bounce" and "Never Give Up" as well as EDM hit "Lean On", "Biba", "Goosebump" (which is soundtrack of Kung Fu Yoga) and Eurovision-winning song "Toy".

The choreography of Bollywood dances takes inspiration from Indian folk dances, classical dances (like kathak) as well as disco and from earlier Hindi filmi dances.

Hindi film choreographers[edit]

Some of the notable choreographers of past years were [4]

Among the modern choreographers the notable are:[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. "Planet Bollywood". Toronto Star. 14 October 2012. Archived from the original on 14 October 2012.
  2. Panjabi MC at AllMusic
  3. Bollywood dance craze hits Yorkshire
  4. BOLLYWOOD DANCE by David Courtney


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