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Theorizing the LocalMusic, Practice, and Experience in South Asia and Beyond$
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Richard Wolf

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195331370

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.001.0001

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Listening to the Violin in South Indian Classical Music

Listening to the Violin in South Indian Classical Music

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(p.49) Chapter 3 Listening to the Violin in South Indian Classical Music
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Theorizing the Local
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Amanda Weidman

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195331370.003.0003

The violin is now an essential part of most Karnatak (south Indian classical) music concerts. This chapter combines a discussion of archival materials and historical recordings documenting the violin's use in 19th- and 20th-century south India with a set of ethnographic observations on current-day practice and theories surrounding the violin. This account tells us about the violin's intertwined musical and social meanings and the role of colonialism in shaping South Asian musical culture.

Keywords:   violin, Karnatak music, colonialism, musical meaning, south India, classical music

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