English lyrics can express anything using “common language” (words you hear in everyday conversation) whether it’s love, politics, poverty, violence, or the end of times. English lyrics are direct, explicit and graphic (far from the poetry of shakesphere) yet deep at the same time using imagery, slang, and various flows/melodies. However, Indian songs (even modern ones) are extremely poetic with references to the nature (sun, flowers, moon), dresses (sari, veils, fabric), hearts, the gods/goddesses, etc., their melodies are far more limited and their songs are mainly known for love and heartbreak.
There are new Indians songs such as Modern Punjabi music that uses common language and explore darker themes but the lyrics, flow/melodies don’t seam as well. Music sales in India are mainly cinema but more Indians are listening to English music, more English music is being used in Cinemas, and more English words are used in everyday lyrics. Indian musicians are worried that if they can’t attract Indians their culture will die out.
What is a summary of India’s recent and historic struggle to modernize Indian music up until now? Are any effort being done in the Indian film industry? What examples of songs that explore dark themes in a way similar to English lyrics?