Music and Survival: A Case Study of Bishnupur Gharana, India

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The artists of Bishnupur Gharana (practitioners of a particular genre of Indian classical music), with a history of political persecution and subsequent spatial relocation in the distant past, had to reformulate their music to fit in the indigenous tribal kingdom. The new style meant universalisation of music which resulted in becoming the basis of modern popular music in Bengal; with the adaptations by musical/cultural stalwarts like Rabindranath Tagore, etc. With the end of colonial rule and degenaration of small kingdoms, the modern Gharana is again struggling for survival. The study reflects the socio-economic-cultural conditions of the last stalwarts of this music genre in the apathetical environment of the state/global culture.


Keywords: Gharana, Indigenous, Universalisation, Popular
Stream: Performing Arts Practices: Theatre, Dance, Music
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Nilanjana Das

Senior Lecturer, Department of Geography, University of Calcutta
Kolkata, West Bengal, India


Ref: A09P0247