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Film music (generically filmi gana[?]) is extremely popular in India, and is centered around Mumbai (sometimes called Bollywood) and other cities. This began with the first Indian talkie from 1931, Alam Ara[?]. One of the major reasons for the success of filmi was its ease of ignoring the dozens of languages spoken in India, Sri Lanka and other nearby countries.

Religious music of the Hindus appears in two primary forms: bhajan in the north and kriti[?] in the south, while qawwali[?] and other forms are also popular. Qawwali, ghazal and, to a lesser extent, bhajan, have been secularized by the film industry (see Bollywood) resulting in controversial, pop-forms, most famously including filmi gawwali[?].

See also Indian musical instruments

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