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Singing Across DividesMusic and Intimate Politics in Nepal$
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Anna Marie Stirr

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780190631970

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190631970.001.0001

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Love, Solidarity, and Sociopolitical Change

Love, Solidarity, and Sociopolitical Change

(p.174) Chapter 6 Love, Solidarity, and Sociopolitical Change
Singing Across Divides

Anna Marie Stirr

Oxford University Press

Discussion of political topics in dohori lyrics was strictly forbidden in competitions and the state-run media up until 1990. This chapter looks at the slow movement toward including party politics and specific social issues in dohori performance and recordings. It examines relationships between party politics, identity politics, and the intimate politics of dohori singing. Three interrelated aspects include the inclusion of romantic love in songs sung for party political platforms, and politics in romantic love songs; arguments for caste equality through a musical meritocracy; and attempts to create social change through the words, music, videos, and live performance of dohori songs.

Keywords:   politics, love, social change, caste, gender

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