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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 Certainty of Music’s Modernity

The Certainty of Music’s Modernity

Vishnu Digambar Paluskar

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(p.137) Four The Certainty of Music’s Modernity
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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/9780195166101.003.0005

This chapter presents a biography of Vishnu Digambar Paluskar. Paluskar’s understanding of music was simple, straightforward, contained few contradictions, and focused on the simple, spiritual, and public duties of music over the arcane and intellectual. Vishnu Digambar, as he was known in his time, rejected the courtly life of princely states in favor of a more peripatetic career, had close ties to Hindu reform associations, was active in the nationalist movement, and, toward the end of his life, retreated into spiritualism, bhajans, and Ramayana pravachanas.

Keywords:   Indian music, biography, spiritualism

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