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Recasting Folk in the Himalayas: Indian Music, Media, and Social Mobility

Stefan Fiol


The concept of folk (or lok in North Indian languages) has become an essential part of public discourse in contemporary India that is used to mark social identity and an authentic relationship to place. This musical ethnography explores the contours and consequences of the contemporary folk music boom in Uttarakhand while tracing the influences of colonial, nationalist, and post-colonial ideologies on current conceptualizations of folk music and on various approaches to “folklorizing” musical practice. Like the better-documented process of classicization, folklorization necessarily entails the ... More

Keywords: folk music, folklorization, classicization, vernacular music industry, modernist reform, cultural nationalism, Uttarakhand Himalayas

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780252041204
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.5622/illinois/9780252041204.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stefan Fiol, author
University of Cincinnati