Controlling Time in Epic Performances: An Examination of Mahābhārata Performance in the Central Himalayas and Indonesia

  title={Controlling Time in Epic Performances: An Examination of Mahābhārata Performance in the Central Himalayas and Indonesia},
  author={Andrew Alter},
  journal={Ethnomusicology Forum},
  pages={57 - 78}
  • Andrew Alter
  • Published 1 April 2011
  • History
  • Ethnomusicology Forum
This paper presents an examination of two different traditions of Mahābhārata performance and analyses the way that performers control the passage of time in each. The paper juxtaposes a description of the sonic worlds of Himalayan Pāñḍavalilā and Indonesian Wayang and investigates the way musicians use music to enhance the impact of their performances during lengthy performances. The transformation of characters into deities, and the portrayal of epic events are measured through episodic… Expand
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