Listening to the Violin in South Indian Classical Music

Amanda Weidman

in Theorizing the Local

Published in print September 2009 | ISBN: 9780195331370
Published online September 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780199868087 | DOI:
Listening to the Violin in South Indian Classical Music

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The violin is now an essential part of most Karnatak (south Indian classical) music concerts. This chapter combines a discussion of archival materials and historical recordings documenting the violin's use in 19th- and 20th-century south India with a set of ethnographic observations on current-day practice and theories surrounding the violin. This account tells us about the violin's intertwined musical and social meanings and the role of colonialism in shaping South Asian musical culture.

Keywords: violin; Karnatak music; colonialism; musical meaning; south India; classical music

Chapter.  6925 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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