By Nalini Ghuman
Through the century of British rule of the Indian subcontinent referred to as the British Raj, the rulers felt the numerous impact in their unique matters. Resonances of the Raj examines the ramifications of the intertwined and overlapping histories of england and India on English tune within the final fifty years of the colonial come across, and lines the consequences of the Raj at the English musical mind's eye. traditional narratives depict a one-way impact of england on India, with the 'discovery' of Indian classical song happening merely within the post-colonial period. Drawing on new archival assets and methods in cultural stories, writer Nalini Ghuman exhibits that to the contrary, England was once either deeply conscious of and seriously motivated by means of India musically in the course of the Indian-British colonial come across.
Case experiences of consultant figures, together with composers Edward Elgar and Gustav Holst, and Maud MacCarthy, an ethnomusicologist and performer of the period, combine track without delay into the cultural historical past of the British Raj. Ghuman therefore unearths unforeseen minglings of peoples, musics and concepts that increase questions on 'Englishness', the character of Empire, and the fixedness of identification. Richly illustrated with analytical song examples and archival pictures and records, a lot of which seem right here in print for the 1st time, Resonances of the Raj brings clean hearings to either general and little-known musics of the time, and divulges a wealthy and intricate heritage of cross-cultural musical imaginings which results in a reappraisal of the authorised historiographies of either British musical tradition and of Indo-Western fusion.
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