Brass Baja: Stories from the World of Indian Wedding Bands

By: Gregory D. Booth

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Most Indians are familiar with the sights and sounds of a wedding procession led by musicians clad in brightly coloured uniforms. With their sounds and physical selves, these bandsmen lend prestige to the procession and help control the public spaces through which so many Indian families have moved. Fulfilling a specific cultural and historical demand for processional music, bandsmen and their music are symbolic of the association between musical and cultural change in South Asia. Brass Baja examines the reality of the low musical and social status ascribed to Indian bandsmen, as well as changes in musical repertoire and instrumentation. Rich in symbolic and factual detail, it focuses on the ways in which Indian processional music has changed over time and on the socio-economic gulf between bandsmen and their patrons. Table of contents Introduction PART ONE: CONTEMPORARY AND HISTORICAL ETHNOGRAPHIES OF A PROCESSIONAL MUSIC TRADE 1. Identity, Caste, and Family 2. Maliks and Bandsmen—Social and Professional Hierarchies 3. Careers, Space, Location, and Movement PART TWO: SOUNDS, SIGHTS, PRACTICE, AND PERFORMANCE 4. Ensembles and Fashion—The Flow and Change of Meaning 5. The Practice of Processions and Processional Music 6. The Wedding Band Repertoire 7. Practices of Transmission and Performance Conclusion Appendix—Musical Transcriptions References Index About the Author. PRINTED PAGES: 344.

Title: Brass Baja: Stories from the World of Indian Wedding Bands

Author Name: Gregory D. Booth

Categories: India, Art & Culture,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New Delhi, Oxford University Press: 2017

ISBN: 0199474907

ISBN 13: 9780199474905

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition: New

Seller ID: 900528

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