Taking Refuge in (and from) India

Keila Diehl

in Echoes from Dharamsala

Published by University of California Press

Published in print June 2002 | ISBN: 9780520230439
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520936003 | DOI:
Taking Refuge in (and from) India

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This chapter focuses on Tibetan refugee life in the “here and now” of contemporary India. It examines the place of Hindi film songs in Dharamsala's soundscape and explores the concerns their popularity among Tibetans has raised within a community dealing with volatile inter-ethnic relations and a fear of assimilation. It also relates a conversation with a Tibetan woman has taught Tibetan music and dance in exile schools for many years.

Keywords: Tibetan refugee; refugee life; India; Hindi film songs; Dharamsala; inter-ethnic relations; assimilation; Tibetan music; exile schools

Chapter.  17928 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Ethnomusicology

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