Khyāl: Creativity Within North India's Classical Music Tradition
This book is a study of khyal, the genre of North Indian classical music which has dominated in performances by highly trained vocalists for at least the past 150 years. It is also a study of cultural history. Spanning as it does a good portion of the periods of the British Raj in India, the struggle for independence, and the flourishing of India as a republic, the history of khyal and of khyal singers is a story of generous patronage by native princes, of the loss of this patronage when courts were dissolved, and of the resilience of musicians in adjusting to the vicissitudes of contemporary artistic life. The book contains an extensive bibliography and discography, as well as illustrations of khyal in performance, genealogical charts and maps. The accompanying cassette illustrates much of the music described in the book.
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Historical and social contexts of khyal I
Illustrations Plates I The Mughal emperor Muhammad Shah Rangile ruled 172048 page
definition of the genre
Ensemble of singers and instrumentalists c 1820 34
Faiyaz Khan Agra
Dipali Nag Agra
Gangubai Hangal Kirana
Bade Ghulam Ali Khan Patiala
Court musicians in royal procession c 165060
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