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Gender and the Politics of Voice: Colonial Modernity and Classical Music in South India

Essay Excerpt

This article is concerned with a particular historical moment--the emergence of upper-caste women as performers of classical music on the concert stage in early 20th-century South India--and its implications for female musicians and musical practice in general in the present. In engaging with this specific historical and ethnographic moment, I seek to address broader questions about the relationship between voice, subjectivity, and agency and to ask how a consideration of music might enrich our thinking on these issues.

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