Bards, Ballads and Boundaries: An Ethnographic Atlas of Music Traditions in West Rajasthan

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Daniel M. Neuman, Shubha Chaudhuri
Seagull, 2006 - History - 396 pages
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Bards, Ballads and Boundaries presents an atlas of one of the worldīs richest historical musical traditions. The Atlas is a cartography and catalogue of musicians and music-making in the Western districts of Rajasthan State in contemporary India. Based on extensive statistical and cultural data, it provides an ethnographic survey of musical traditions organized on the basis of specific communities of music specialists, their patrons, and the music they produce. Much of the cultural context of Rajasthanīs musical history is based on the epic songs of its bardic traditions. These traditions are very much alive today and now enjoy a new global audience extending far beyond Rajasthanīs borders.

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Daniel Neuman is Executive Vice Chancellor at UCLA in Los Angles and the author of Life and Music in North India.   Shubha Chaudhuri is the Director of the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies. She is also the Vice-President, International Association of Sound and Visual Archives.   Komal Kothari was director and founder of Rupayan Sansthan, an institute of folklore in Rajasthan for over four decades.

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