• Satyajit Ray

During my recent interview with Popular Electronics’ Ahmed Meniar, I asked him to recommend some good Indian movies. I wasn’t just making conversation: as my knowledge of Indian cinema is so minimal, I can use all the recommendations I can get. For some time, though, I’ve had an idea of what I’ve been missing. My limited exposure to the films of Satyajit Ray hinted at a major body of work I’ve only started to explore, and Madlib’s remix album Beat Konducta in India (which I’ve had in steady rotation since 2007) has given me a taste of the grand entertainment that is the Bollywood musical.