Suppose we sing or rap about dark themes (depression, alcohol, drugs, violence, sex) similar to modern American music from 1970-present day in Hindi, Punjabi, Tamil, or Malayalam over Indian classical-Rock, Pop or Hip Hop fusion. Would the lyrics sound as modern as in sounding similar in sound/delivery, flow/melody, and meaning as English lyrics? Could it be as common (used in everyday conversation), complex (lyrical), explicit (swearing, slang), or controversial?
I say this because I'm an American from Indian Origin. Dark themes hardly exist in Indian music and if it does it's extremely poetic with references to nature (sun, flower, moon), dresses (veils, saris, fabric), organs (heart, liver) and gods. Their music remains very ancient and hardly modernized to this day.
Some songs with dark themes (I read English translations) exist in India but few are well-known :
keh ke lunga (Hindi) (Uses slang, Refers to Intimidation and Violence)
Ganda hai (Hindi) (Intimidation)
Beware (Punjabi) (Intimidation)
Emotional Attyachar (Hindi) (Depression)
Hikknaal (Punjabi) (Comical reference to violence)
In Independent music there is a rise in rock (apocalyptic themes, depression) and rap (struggle, representing neighborhood, alcohol, sexual references to women):
Bandeh (Hindi) (Apocalyptic)
Jimikki Kamal (Malayalam) (College Slang, Alchoholism)
Iraiva (Tamil) (Suicide, Violence)
Char Bottle Vodka (Alcoholism, Sexual References to Women)
Represent (Indus Vally Remix) (Representing Neighborhood, Violence, Swearing, Intimidation)
Mere Gully mein (Initimidation, Representing Neighborhood, Violence)
But some of these songs hardly contain elements of Indian classical music so it’s hard to say it’s musically “familiar” to Indian ears.
Most of these songs use poetic lyricism but we see some songs (Represent, Mere Gully Mein) use more common everyday language. However, the most well-known rap songs (char bottle vodka) refer to alcohol and women but are not as lyrically sophisticated (dull compared to English). In fact, it seems more Indians are preferring English over Indian music.
Currently, the most popular Indian songs (songs with millions of followers) are about parties and romance but don’t contain any parts of Indian classical music that make it “Indian”. Moreover, American songs are becoming more popular.
Could Indian music ever modernize/evolve into other genres as successfully as American music?