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The Voice in the DrumMusic, Language, and Emotion in Islamicate South Asia$
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Richard K. Wolf

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038587

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038587.001.0001

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The Manifest and the Hidden

The Manifest and the Hidden

(p.188) Chapter 8 The Manifest and the Hidden
The Voice in the Drum

Richard K. Wolf

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents Muharram Ali's reflections on South Asian drumming and music traditions, which he has jotted down in his notes. It first considers the death of Ali's mother Sakina and how this had set his father on a devil's course. It then discusses the publishing of Ali's article “The Drums of Islam in Multan” as well as his write-up on the ʻurs of Madho Lal Husain. It also recalls Ali's decision to pursue formal anthropological training at Lucknow University, where he earned a PhD in anthropology in record time, along with his classical Hindustani music training at the Bhatkhande School of Music. Finally, it describes Ali's observations of the manganhār repertoire demonstrated by Qasim Shah, the Ajmer and Agra Muhajir groups, and drumming in the context of Islam.

Keywords:   drumming, Muharram Ali, South Asia, music, drums, Islam, Multan, ʻurs, Madho Lal Husain, manganhār

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