The Lotus and the King: Imagery, Gesture and Meaning in a Hindustani Rāg

Leante, Laura (2009). The Lotus and the King: Imagery, Gesture and Meaning in a Hindustani Rāg. Ethnomusicology Forum, 18(2) pp. 185–206.

URL: http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/1741191...

Abstract

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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