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Performing 'religious' music : interrogating Karnatic Music within a postcolonial setting

  title={Performing 'religious' music : interrogating Karnatic Music within a postcolonial setting},
  author={Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan},
This research looks at contemporary understandings of performance arts in India, specifically Karnatic Music and Bharatnatyam as ‘religious’ arts. Historically, music and dance were performed and patronized in royal courts and temples. In the early 20 century, increased nationalist activities led to various forms of self-scrutiny about what represented ‘true’ Indian culture. By appropriating colonial discourses based on the religious/secular dichotomy, Karnatic Music was carefully constructed… 

The Play of Cultural Subcodes in Decoding the Visual Signs of Karnatik Music Videos

The present study analyzes the influence of culturally charged visuals on the perception of music in Karnatik music videos. The study, using semiotic theories of Umberto Eco and Roland Barthes,

Gendered violence and displacement of devadasis in the early twentieth-century south India

ABSTRACT The early twentieth-century nationalist movements redefined Indian citizenship as gendered by appropriating the colonial categories religion/secular, marginalising the subaltern groups.

Terrains of Bollywood Dance: (Neoliberal) Capitalism and the Transformation of Cultural Economies

This article explores ways of theorizing cultural change in contexts of liberalization and rapid economic growth. I focus on post-1990s India, looking on the one hand at the emergence of a Bollywood

Subaltern agency and the problems in the project of decolonization in the study of religion and liberal secularism

ABSTRACT Decolonization has become an important process in the present-day academia. Reviewing Jakob De Roover’s new book, this article critically analyses the problems in the methodologies of the



Performing Pasts: Reinventing the Arts in Modern South India

Performing Pasts: Reinventing the Arts in Modern South India, edited by Indira Viswanathan Peterson and Davesh Soneji, explores the formation of classical traditions in the performing arts of South

The 'Music Boom' in Tamil South India: Gramophone, radio and the making of mass culture

In the late 1920s and early 1930s, Tamil south India experienced a ‘music boom’. This term ‘music boom’, drawn from a letter to the editor and published by the Madras daily, The Hindu, was described

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One of the eight national dances of India, bharatanatyam, partly originates from the area around Tranquebar. During the time that Tranquebar was a Danish colony, devadasis , women who did service at

Hindi film songs and the cinema

Published in 2007, Anna Morcom’s book may be situated at the crossroads of multiple disciplines. For instance, it involves studies on Hindi film music, its ‘eclecticism,’ musical modes, the narrative

Reviving the Golden Age Again: Classicization, Hindustani Music, and the Mughals

We need to see the development of ancient Indian art not in terms of a “classical age” . . . but rather as a series of paradigm shifts bringing to prominence different aims and objectives in

Geography AS Melody IN Muttusvami Dikshita's Indian Musical Works*

The life and works of Muttusvami Dikshita (1775–1834), a luminary of South Indian Karnatak classical music, abound in spatiocultural symbolisms of integration and harmony. Dikshita'speregrinations

En/gendering Language: The Poetics of Tamil Identity

  • S. Ramaswamy
  • Sociology
    Comparative Studies in Society and History
  • 1993
Since the publication of Benedict Anderson's Imagined Communities almost a decade ago, historians and anthropologists have become accustomed to think of the nation—that bedrock of our existence as

Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject

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Orientalism and Religion: Post-Colonial Theory, India and "The Mystic East"

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From Prince to Populace: Patronage as a Determinant of Change in South Indian (Karnatak) Music

Far from being the enemy of tradition, change has been rather the core, the soul of a vital art form constantly in the process of becoming. Over the past two thousand years and more, every new