Examines the use of music in Indian popular cinema (the Bollywood musical) through a detailed analysis of the genre. The careful consideration of music as it relates to story lines and plots, styles and forms, cultural roots, historical development, financial structures, and social implications of the genre will attempt to show why the music of Bollywood cuts across the cultural, religious, and socio-economic borders to form an important part of India's national and diasporic identify. Music directors and composers/performers studied will include: Naushad, S.D. Burman, Shanker-Jaikishen, O.P. Nayyar, Usha Khanna, Madan Mohan, R.D. Burman, Bappi Lahiri, A.R. Rehman. Prerequisite: None. No previous musical training is required. This course is directed towards non-majors.