Remembered Rhythms

Essays on Diaspora and the Music of India

Edited by Shubha Chaudhuri and Anthony Seeger

Remembered Rhythms

Edited by Shubha Chaudhuri and Anthony Seeger

Distributed for Seagull Books

Contributors: Frank J. Korom, Jean-Pierre Angenot, Tejaswini Niranjana, Tina K. Ramnarine, Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy, Sara Manasseh, Esther David, Helen Myers, Shubha Chaudhuri, Anthony Seeger.
282 pages | 94 halftones, 1 map, 5 tables, 1 compact disc | 7 1/2 x 9 | © 2010
Paper w/CD $29.00 ISBN: 9781905422500 Published May 2011 World sales rights except India

Remembered Rhythms explores the role of music and cultural memory in shaping and creating diasporic identities. With contributions from leading scholars in the fields of ethnomusicology, cultural studies, sociology, and anthropology, the essays range across the musical traditions of the Indian diaspora in Trinidad, the role of Hindi film music in the diaspora, and the music of the African and Jewish diasporas in India. Illustrated throughout with halftones and accompanied by a fascinating CD of musical examples from many of the traditions discussed, Remembered Rhythms will be of significant interest to scholars of ethnomusicology and cultural anthropology.


List of Audio Tracks on CD
      Anthony Seeger and Shubha Chaudhuri

Issues and Themes in the Study of South Asian Diaspora
      Frank J. Korom
Discussion Following Frank J. Korom’s Presentation
The African Diaspora in Asia (TADIA) Project: A Report
       Jean-Pierre Angenot
Discussion Following Jean-Pierre Angenot’s Presentation
‘Suku Suku What Shall I Do?’: Hindi Cinema and the Politics of Music in Trinidad
       Tejaswini Niranjana
Discussion Following Tejaswini Niranjana’s Presentation
Beyond Borders: Memory and Creativity in the Diaspora
       Tina K. Ramnarine
Discussion Following Tina K. Ramnarine’s Presentation
Ethnicity, Identity and Acculturation in Diasporic Communities—Round Table 1
Sidi Music in Western India: Remembering an African Heritage
       Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy
Discussion Following Amy Catlin-Jairazbhoy’s Presentation
In Performance: Sidi Goma
Intervention: On Being Esther in India
       Esther David
Musical Memories, Musical Discoveries, Musical Meetings: Historic 78 r.p.m. Song Recordings as a Mirror of the Jewish Diaspora in Bombay (1925–47)
       Sara Manasseh
Discussion Following Sara Manasseh’s Presentation
In Performance: Rivers of Babylon
The Remembered Rhythms of Trinidad: Bhojpuri Chutney 2005 and its Antecedents
       Helen Myers
Discussion Following Helen Myers’ Presentation
In Performance: D’Bhuyaa Saaj
Diaspora and Music: Retention and Renovation—Round Table 2

Notes on Contributors and Participants

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