The Lotus and the King: Imagery, Gesture and Meaning in a Hindustani Rāg.
Ethnomusicology Forum, 18(2)
This article brings together investigation of gesture and imagery in the study of North Indian classical music, focusing on a particular rag - Shree rag - in detail. The research, based on extensive ethnography and analysis of audiovisual recordings, reveals how the embodiment of sound as patterns of movement is a key to understanding how musicians associate particular images and emotions with rags, and at the same time how such processes of signification are intertwined with culturally embedded meanings.
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