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Culture

Main Idea Music and movies help unify the
diverse peoples and cultures of South Asia.

Music and movies are a lively part of
South Asia's popular culture , which
consists of the arts, music, and other
elements of everyday life in a region.

Unifying a Culture
South Asia has a long musical
history, ranging from religious music
to blockbuster movie soundtracks.
Traditional music echoes in today's
spectacles of Bollywood movies. With
wide availability and appeal, music
and movies foster the development of
a common culture.

the musician on the left plays traditional music
near the Ganges river at Varanasi. the DJ on the
right plays music in Mumbai. classical indian
music is based on religious themes and can be
heard in both traditional and contemporary music.

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Young people in South Asia listen to
Bollywood music, Indian rock, and
Western pop. Many also enjoy Bhangra,
a form of folk dance and music from the
Punjab region of India and Pakistan.
Some modern Indian musicians are fusing
Indian and Western styles to create a
new sound that keeps Indian musical
traditions alive.

Critical Viewing Young people in New
Delhi dance to a wide variety of music. What
influences of Western popular culture do you
see in the photograph?


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