The Life of Music in North India: The Organization of an Artistic Tradition

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University of Chicago Press, Mar 15, 1990 - Music - 296 pages
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Daniel M. Neuman offers an account of North Indian Hindustani music culture and the changing social context of which it is part, as expressed in the thoughts and actions of its professional musicians.

Drawing primarily from fieldwork performed in Delhi in 1969-71—from interviewing musicians, learning and performing on the Indian fiddle, and speaking with music connoisseurs—Neuman examines the cultural and social matrix in which Hindustani music is nurtured, listened and attended to, cultivated, and consumed in contemporary India. Through his interpretation of the impact that modern media, educational institutions, and public performances exert on the music and musicians, Neuman highlights the drama of a great musical tradition engaging a changing world, and presents the adaptive strategies its practitioners employ to practice their art. His work has gained the distinction of introducing a new approach to research on Indian music, and appears in this edition with a new preface by the author.
 

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Contents

Illustrations
4
Preface to the Paperback Edition
5
Preface
13
Note on the Text
17
Introduction
19
Becoming a Musician
32
Being a Musician
61
The Social Organisation of Specialist Knowledge
87
Adaptive Strategies of Hindustani Music Culture
170
The Ecology of Hindustani Music Culture
204
The Cultural Structure and Social Organisation of a Music Tradition
232
Tables
240
Notes
263
Glossary
272
References
280
Index
289

Gharanas The Politics of Pedigree
147

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