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Two Men and Music

Nationalism and the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition

Two Men and Music by Janaki Bakhle
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This is a provocative account of the development of modern national culture in India using classical music as a case study. Janaki Bakhle demonstrates how the emergence of an "Indian" cultural tradition reflected colonial and exclusionary practices, particularly the exclusion of Muslims by the Brahmanic elite, which occurred despite the fact that Muslims were the major practitioners of the Indian music that was installed as a "Hindu" national tradition. This book lays bare how a nation's imaginings - from politics to culture - reflect rather than transform societal divisions.
Oxford University Press; January 2005
355 pages; ISBN 9781433700590
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Title: Two Men and Music
Author: Janaki Bakhle