The Certainty of Music’s Modernity

Janaki Bakhle

in Two Men and Music

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166101
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850501 | DOI:
The Certainty of Music’s Modernity

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This chapter presents a biography of Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Paluskar’s understanding of music was simple, straightforward, contained few contradictions, and focused on the simple, spiritual, and public duties of music over the arcane and intellectual. Vishnu Digambar, as he was known in his time, rejected the courtly life of princely states in favor of a more peripatetic career, had close ties to Hindu reform associations, was active in the nationalist movement, and, toward the end of his life, retreated into spiritualism, bhajans, and Ramayana pravachanas.

Keywords: Indian music; biography; spiritualism

Chapter.  15600 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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