The Musician and <i>Gharana</i> Modern

Janaki Bakhle

in Two Men and Music

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

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This chapter presents the author’s attempt as a historian to read critically a few central biographies of two musicians in order to address the question of how musicians responded to the changes around them. Had musicians just accepted these changes? Had they resisted them? Were they indifferent to the efforts of musicologists? Could they simply ignore Paluskar and dismiss Bhatkhande? Rather than viewing musicians as artists who lived in their own worlds, transcending the hubbub of everyday political activity, it views them as actors in the world who negotiated the forces of the modern in order to ensure the survival of their musical traditions.

Keywords: musicians; Paluskar; Bhatkhande; Indian music

Chapter.  17012 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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