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Bards, Ballads and Boundaries

An Ethnographic Atlas of Music Traditions in West Rajasthan

Bards, Ballads and Boundaries presents an atlas of one of the world´s 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 Rajasthan´s 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 Rajasthan´s borders.

540 pages | 124 color plates, 70 color maps, 34 tables | 8 x 11 3/4 | © 2007

Music: Ethnomusicology


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Table of Contents

List of Tables
List of Plates
List of Maps
Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction

Ethnographic Overview
Musical Contexts
Music Concepts and Musical Instruments
Jaisalmer District
Barmer District
Jodhpur District
The Periphery
Small Time, Big Spaces

Maps and Additional Tables
Appendices
References
Bibliography
Index

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