This book is a provocative account of the development of modern national culture in India using classical music as a case study. The author demonstrates how the emergence of an “Indian” cultural tradition reflected colonial and exclusionary practices, particularly the exclusion of Muslims by the Brahmanic elite, which occurred despite the fact that Muslims were the major practitioners 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.
|Print publication date: 2005||Print ISBN-13: 9780195166101|
|Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011||DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166101.001.0001|