Janaki Bakhle

in Two Men and Music

Published in print October 2005 | ISBN: 9780195166101
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199850501 | DOI:

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This chapter presents the story of Hirabai Barodekar as well as some concluding thoughts from the author. Hirabi, the daughter of a Muslim ustad and granddaughter of a princely court baiji, was the voice of Indian classical music’s future. In music circles, she was known by her familial nickname, Champutai. Hirabai was sister, mother, wife, grandmother, and nationally famous musician by the end of her life. Each chapter of this book has told a single history that has moved toward the end goal: the creation of Indian classical music and its history, pedagogy, and institutions. While the individual chapters all follow a single trajectory, the conclusions that can be drawn at the close of the book are neither singular nor straightforward. A key aspect of music’s history, as shown in this book, is that unequivocal claims about its transformation do not stand the test of time. Every successful change, or conversely, every resistance to change, has been less than complete and brought with it unintended consequences.

Keywords: Indian music; classical music; music history; Hirabai Barodekar

Chapter.  2980 words. 

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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