Music of Hindu Trinidad: Songs from the India Diaspora / Edition 2

Music of Hindu Trinidad: Songs from the India Diaspora / Edition 2

by Helen Myers
     
 

ISBN-10: 0226554538

ISBN-13: 9780226554532

Pub. Date: 01/28/1999

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

Like many other small towns in Trinidad, Felicity is populated almost entirely by East Indians. In their Caribbean exile, the residents of Felicity have created and recreated the music of their Hindu ancestors. Music of Hindu Trinidad is a fascinating account of the history and cultural significance of Hindu music that explores its symbolic, aesthetic, and…  See more details below

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Like many other small towns in Trinidad, Felicity is populated almost entirely by East Indians. In their Caribbean exile, the residents of Felicity have created and recreated the music of their Hindu ancestors. Music of Hindu Trinidad is a fascinating account of the history and cultural significance of Hindu music that explores its symbolic, aesthetic, and psychological aspects while asking the larger question of how this music has contributed to the formation of identity in the midst of their great diaspora.

Myers details the musical repertory of Felicity, which is based largely on north Indian genres including the traditional Bhojpurï folk songs and drumming styles brought by the first indentured laborers in 1845. In her engaging exploration of the fate of Indian classical music and new popular styles such as Hindi calypso, soca, and chutney, she even finds herself at the ancestral home of Trinidadian V. S. Naipaul in India. Copiously illustrated and accompanied by a compact disk, Music of Hindu Trinidad is a model ethnographic study.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226554532
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
01/28/1999
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology Series
Edition description:
1
Pages:
542
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
List of Musical Examples
Preface
Acknowledgments
A Note on Translations and Transcriptions
Romanization of Indian Languages
The Narrators
1East Indians of the West Indies3
2Roots26
3Felicity45
4A Day in the Village51
5The Seasons61
6Speaking of Music89
7Local Musicology111
8Wedding Day151
9Wedding Songs173
10A Song for Mr. Biswas221
11Song of Swans and Snakes242
12Songs of Love and Longing263
13The Ramayan Tradition274
14Morning at the Temple294
15Music and Miracles340
16The Death of Rani361
17Chutney368
18Sweet Memory398
19Passage to India404
Glossary, Biographical Dictionary, and Gazetteer427
Selections on the Compact Disc433
Bhojpuri Texts in Devanagari Script441
Notes459
Bibliography463
Discography481
List of Songs by First Line487
Index491

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