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

  title={The 'Music Boom' in Tamil South India: Gramophone, radio and the making of mass culture},
  author={Stephen Putnam Hughes},
  journal={Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television},
  pages={445 - 473}
  • S. Hughes
  • Published 1 October 2002
  • Art
  • Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television
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 as a rapid, historically unprecedented ‘dissemination of music among the people’ [1]. I use the term as a convenient shorthand for considering what was at the time widely recognized, discussed and debated as a kind of musical revolution in Tamil south India. Other contemporary accounts variously… 
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