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Title: Listening to North Indian classical music: How embodied ways of listening perform imagined histories and social class
Authors: Alaghband-Zadeh, Chloe
Issue Date: 2017
Publisher: © Society for Ethnomusicology. Published by University of Illinois Press
Citation: ALAGHBAND-ZADEH, C., 2017. Listening to North Indian classical music: How embodied ways of listening perform imagined histories and social class. Ethnomusicology, 61(2), pp. 207-233.
Abstract: With this article, I theorize the sociality of embodied ways of listening to North Indian classical music. I focus on rasikas (connoisseurs): these expert listeners are conspicuous at live performances, where they gesture and comment to express their enjoyment of the music. Based on ethnography and interviews with musicians and music lovers in Delhi, Mumbai, and Pune, I argue that rasikas’ embodied, audible listening practices enact shared imagined histories and perform expertise and social status. Moreover, these listening behaviors also sustain values of the so- called old middle class in India in the face of economic and social change.
Description: This paper was published in the journal Ethnomusicology and is available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/ethnomusicology.61.2.0207.
Version: Published
DOI: 10.5406/ethnomusicology.61.2.0207
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/27668
Publisher Link: https://doi.org/10.5406/ethnomusicology.61.2.0207
ISSN: 0014-1836
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