Hi I really appreciate your blog and I had some questions, I'm biracial (white and indian) ive grown up in america and i have been to india before but i honestly want to know more about my heritage and if you have any recomendations for desi movies or music that would be great, also if I bring henna to a party with practically all white people is that bad or it ok if im inviting people into my culture? If you think I'm being appropritive please call me out on it I want to learn
Sure - ummm for movies -I’m gonna give you some from Bollywood because I don’t know where in India you are from (if you tell me that I’ll try to give you some recs from that language too) - some of these are classics so apologies in advance for their cheesiness.
1) Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham
3) Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
4) Kuch Kuch Hota Hai
5) Dhoom series (these movies suck but they’re still wildly popular)
7) Ram Leela
8) Queen (2014)
Followers feel free to add more!
For music, I don’t know what kind you’re interested in(also all Indian movies already have songs in them, so there’s a starting place) but I’m a Carnatic music lover so this fusion rendering of Samaja Vara Gamana is one of my favorites - I also am in love with all of Jonita Gandhi (on Youtube) and Shankar Tucker’s work (also on Youtube) - they do interesting fusion stuff with film songs. This is one of my all-time favorite songs. If you want something more classically based or something from Hindustani or even more film song references, let me know :)
And no, as long as you let them know the significance of henna and they are respectful about it - it’s completely okay for you to bring henna to such a thing :) Hope this helps and let me know if you’d like any more recommendations for anything!