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Singing the Classical, Voicing the Modern: The Postcolonial Politics of Music in South India

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While Karnatic music, a form of Indian music based on the melodic principle of raga and time cycles called tala, is known today as South India’s classical music, its status as “classical” is an early-twentieth-century construct, one that emerged in the crucible of colonial modernity, nationalist ideology, and South Indian regional politics. As Amanda J. Weidman demonstrate ...more
Paperback, 368 pages
Published July 18th 2006 by Duke University Press Books (first published 2006)
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If you are looking for theory then this book is subtle, nuanced, and judicious. She allows you to make up your own mind on how to use her work.

But the real discovery here is historical. Every chapter tells a fascinating story that doubles back on itself three or four times -- there is just no predicting where these stories will go.

One learns a tremendous amount about music in India, the history of India, and the everyday contours of music theory on the street, in the schools, and at the palaces.
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