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

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  title={Performing 'religious' music : interrogating Karnatic Music within a postcolonial setting},
  author={Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan},
  year={2013}
}
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… 

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