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Nawabi Modernity: Music, Muslims and Cultural Reform in Princely Rampur A talk by Razak Khan, Research Fellow, Center for Modern Indian Studies, Göttingen

Monday, October 15, 2018, 04:30pm - 06:00pm


The princely state of Rampur emerged as more than a gharānā becoming an important centre to learn and study music. It attracted not just practitioners or listeners, but also scholars of music, the most famous including Pandit Vishnu Narayan Bhatkhande, Pandit Vishnu Digambar Paluskar and Shri Krishnarao Shankar. This presentation will focus on Hindu scholars of music, Muslim musicians and Nawab Hamid Ali Khan of Rampur to argue for alternative histories of Musical reform in colonial India. Muslim musicians started writing and commenting more and more on Music, modernity and nation building projects. These histories are either dismissed or ignored. They need to be brought into the conversation about Muslims and music in the history of colonial India. Muslims were not just dependent musicians or knowledge providers but they were also theorist, publishers and commentators on themes related with Music and nation. These voices, texts and archives have been marginalized or willfully ignored and needs to be brought back in our discussion on Muslims and Music in colonial India. 

Location : AB 6051, 15 Seminary Place, New Brunswick

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