Two Men and Music: Nationalism in the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition

Paperback | October 3, 2005

byJanaki Bakhle

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A provocative account of the development of modern national culture in India using classical music as a case study. Janaki Bakhle demonstrates how the emergence of an "Indian" cultural tradition reflected colonial and exclusionary practices, particularly the exclusion of Muslims by theBrahmanic elite, which occurred despite the fact that Muslims were the major practiti oners of the Indian music that was installed as a "Hindu" national tradition. This book lays bare how a nation's imaginings--from politics to culture--reflect rather than transform societal divisions.

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A provocative account of the development of modern national culture in India using classical music as a case study. Janaki Bakhle demonstrates how the emergence of an "Indian" cultural tradition reflected colonial and exclusionary practices, particularly the exclusion of Muslims by theBrahmanic elite, which occurred despite the fact th...

Janaki Bakhle is Assistant Professor of History at Columbia University.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:October 3, 2005Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195166116

ISBN - 13:9780195166118

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Table of Contents

Introduction1. The Prince and the Musician2. Music Enters the Public Sphere: Colonial Writing, Marathi Theater, Music Appreciation Societies3. Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande: The Contradictions of Music's Modernity4. The Certainty of Music's Modernity: Pandit Vishnu Paluskar (1872-1931)5. Music in Public and National Conversation: Conferences, Institutions, and Agendas, 1916-19286. The Musician and Gharana Modern: Abdul Karim Khan and Hirabai BadodekarConclusion: A Critical History of Music: Beyond Nostalgia and CelebrationBibliographyIndex

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"Janaki Bakhle's book opens up a completely new area of research in modern South Asian history. This pioneering history of the making of modern North Indian classical music is exemplary for the very fine sense of balance with which it holds together both respect and criticism for the past itso brilliantly restores."--Dipesh Chakrabarty, author of Habitations of Modernity