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Writing Music in the 19th Century Colonial Calcutta:
Discourse, Interculturality, and Counter-Narratives

In nineteenth century Bengal, writers took to European concepts such as 'enlightenment', 'evolution', and 'social progress' as key concerns informing musical and cultural discourse. Such entanglements with sociological and political concerns in the field of music helped articulate counter-narratives within an increasingly competitive domain of musical production. Building upon scholarship on nationalist, anti-colonial, and elite music-making in colonial Calcutta, I argue that intellectual transactions in music informed the framing of two distinct registers for historicization: a dominant upper-class discursive framework emphasizing the superiority of Sanskrit theoretical doctrine, and, a popular counter dialog celebrating evolution, interculturality and social progress

Jul 13, 2022 04:30 PM in Central Time (US and Canada)

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