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Recasting folk in the Himalayas : indian music, media, and social mobility

Author: Stefan Fiol
Publisher: Urbana, IL : Univ. Illinois Press, 2017.
Series: Folklore Studies in Multicultural World.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Colonialist, nationalist, and regionalist ideologies have profoundly influenced folk music and related musical practices among the Garhwali and Kumaoni of Uttarakhand. Stefan Fiol blends historical and ethnographic approaches to unlock these influences and explore a paradox: how the folk designation can alternately identify a universal stage of humanity, or denote alterity and subordination. Fiol explores the lives  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Stefan Fiol
ISBN: 0252082753 9780252082757 9780252041204 0252041208
OCLC Number: 1006940032
Notes: Colonialist, nationalist, and regionalist ideologies have profoundly influenced folk music and related musical practices among the Garhwali and Kumaoni of Uttarakhand. Stefan Fiol blends historical and ethnographic approaches to unlock these influences and explore a paradox: how the folk designation can alternately identify a universal stage of humanity, or denote alterity and subordination.
Description: 248 pages ; 23 cm.
Series Title: Folklore Studies in Multicultural World.
Responsibility: Stefan Fiol.

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Colonialist, nationalist, and regionalist ideologies have profoundly influenced folk music and related musical practices among the Garhwali and Kumaoni of Uttarakhand. Stefan Fiol blends historical and ethnographic approaches to unlock these influences and explore a paradox: how the folk designation can alternately identify a universal stage of humanity, or denote alterity and subordination. Fiol explores the lives and work of Gahrwali artists who produce folk music. These musicians create art as both a discursive idea and as a set of expressive practices across strikingly different historical and cultural settings. Juxtaposing performance contexts in Himalayan villages with Delhi recording studios, Fiol shows how the practices have emerged within and between sites of contrasting values and expectations. Throughout, Fiol presents the varying perspectives and complex lives of the upper-caste, upper-class, male performers spearheading the processes of folklorization. But he also charts their resonance with, and collision against, the perspectives of the women and hereditary musicians most affected by the processes. Expertly observed, Recasting Folk in the Himalayas offers an engaging immersion in a little-studied musical milieu.

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"Wonderfully engaging and engaged, this ethnography and history moves us between the microcosm of once remote central Himalayan communities, and the macrocosm of cosmopolitan musical transformations. Read more...

 
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