The Prince and the Musician

Janaki Bakhle

in Two Men and Music

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166101
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850501 | DOI:
The Prince and the Musician

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This chapter raises questions about the daily lives of court-appointed musicians, looking at their daily routines and what was expected of them. If one puts aside both nostalgia and romance, it becomes clear that a regime of colonial discipline had long been in place in princely states like Baroda. Not only was music systematized by the end of the 19th century, musicians were treated less as artists who adorned the court and more as salaried employees of the department of entertainment. Lastly, the ideal of the connoisseur maharaja appears symptomatic of musicians’ anxieties and desires rather than a statement of the real.

Keywords: Indian music; musicians; colonial discipline; music history

Chapter.  12689 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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