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Listening to North Indian classical music: How embodied ways of listening perform imagined histories and social class

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posted on 04.12.2017, 14:58 by Chloe Alaghband-Zadeh
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.

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  • Social Sciences

Department

  • Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies

Published in

Ethnomusicology

Volume

61

Issue

2

Pages

207 - 207

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.

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© Society for Ethnomusicology. Published by University of Illinois Press

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This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International (CC BY-NC-ND 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/

Publication date

2017

Notes

This paper was published in the journal Ethnomusicology and is available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/ethnomusicology.61.2.0207.

ISSN

0014-1836

Language

en