May 27, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 224 Pages - 28 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9780367370237 - CAT# 326587
Series: SOAS Studies in Music Series
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The book studies the evolution of the ancient drum mṛdaṅga into the pakhāvaj crossing more than two thousand years of history. While focusing on the Nathdwara school of pakhāvaj, the author, joins ethnographic, historical, religious and iconographic perspectives, to argue a multifaceted interpretation of the role and function of the pakhāvaj in royal courts, temples and contemporary stages; furthermore he offers the first analysis of the visual and narrative contents of its repertoire.