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Two Men and Music: Nationalism and the Making of an Indian Classical Tradition

Janaki Bakhle


This book is a provocative account of the development of modern national culture in India using classical music as a case study. The author demonstrates how the emergence of an “Indian” cultural tradition reflected colonial and exclusionary practices, particularly the exclusion of Muslims by the Brahmanic elite, which occurred despite the fact that Muslims were the major practitioners of the Indian music that was installed as a “Hindu” national tradition. This book lays bare how a nation’s imaginings—from politics to culture—reflect rather than transform societal divisions.

Keywords: India, classical music, national culture, Muslims, Brahmanic elite, Indian music, Hindu, societal divisions, politics, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2005 Print ISBN-13: 9780195166101
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195166101.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janaki Bakhle, author
Columbia University