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Two Men and MusicNationalism and the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition$
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Janaki Bakhle

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195166101

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166101.001.0001

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The Prince and the Musician

The Prince and the Musician

Native States, Bureaucracy, and Colonial Influence

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(p.20) One The Prince and the Musician
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Two Men and Music
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Janaki Bakhle

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166101.003.0002

This chapter raises questions about the daily lives of court-appointed musicians, looking at their daily routines and what was expected of them. If one puts aside both nostalgia and romance, it becomes clear that a regime of colonial discipline had long been in place in princely states like Baroda. Not only was music systematized by the end of the 19th century, musicians were treated less as artists who adorned the court and more as salaried employees of the department of entertainment. Lastly, the ideal of the connoisseur maharaja appears symptomatic of musicians’ anxieties and desires rather than a statement of the real.

Keywords:   Indian music, musicians, colonial discipline, music history

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