Authoring the Folk: The crafting of a rural popular music in south India

  title={Authoring the Folk: The crafting of a rural popular music in south India},
  author={Paul D. Greene},
  journal={Journal of Intercultural Studies},
  pages={161 - 172}
This is a case study of gramiya songs in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Gramiya songs are village folksongs collected and reworked into commercially viable music and marketed on audio cassettes. The songs are cultural vehicles, and also political vehicles, which allow villagers throughout the region to imagine and celebrate a shared Tamil rural culture. I examine how gramiya singer-producer-scholar Pushpavanam Kuppuswamy transforms a field recording of a folksong into a marketable product, and… Expand
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