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

  • Singing the Classical, Voicing the Modern: The Postcolonial Politics of Music in South India
  • Amanda J. Weidman
  • Paperback, 344 pages, 34 illustrations, 227 x 154 mm

While Karnatic music, a form of Indian music based on the melodic and rhythmic principles of raga and 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 Weidman demonstrates, in order for Karnatic music to be considered classical, it needed to be modeled on Western classical music, with its system of notation, composers, compositions, conservatories, and concerts, but also to remain distinctively Indian. Weidman argues that these contradictory desires led to the emergence of a particular 'politics of voice', in which the voice came to stand for authenticity and Indianness.

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