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Listening to North Indian classical music: How embodied ways of listening perform imagined histories and social class
journal contributionposted on 2017-12-04, 14:58 authored 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.
- Social Sciences
- Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies
Pages207 - 207
CitationALAGHBAND-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.
Publisher© Society for Ethnomusicology. Published by University of Illinois Press
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NotesThis paper was published in the journal Ethnomusicology and is available at https://www.jstor.org/stable/10.5406/ethnomusicology.61.2.0207.