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Musical Resilience (Hardback)

Performing Patronage in the Indian Thar Desert

Hobbies & Lifestyle > Music

Imprint: Wesleyan University Press
Series: Music / Culture
Pages: 256
Illustrations: 24 b&w halftones, 1 map
ISBN: 9780819500090
Published: 8th November 2022
Casemate UK Academic



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In Musical Resilience, Shalini Ayyagari shows how professional low-caste musicians from the Thar Desert borderland of Rajasthan, India have skillfully reinvented their cultural and economic value in postcolonial India. Before India's independence in 1947, the Manganiyar community of hereditary musicians were tied to traditional patrons over centuries and through hereditary ties. In postcolonial India, traditional patronage relations faded due to new political conditions, technological shifts, and cultural change. Ayyagari uses resilience, one of the most poignant keywords of our times, to understand how Manganiyar musicians sustain and enliven their cultural significance after the fading of traditional patronage.

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