?Separating the Folk Sound from the Folk Body: Schizophonia in the Music Industry of the Garhwal Himalayas?

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"Separating the Folk Sound from the Folk Body: Schizophonia in the Music Industry of the Garhwal Himalayas"

Stefan Fiol, Assistant Professor of Music, University of Cincinnati

Date:  April 5, 2012
Time:  4PM
Location:  1117 UCC

Over the past several decades vernacular music industries in many parts of South Asia have utilized artistic traditions originating in Dalit communities to create marketable commodities of "folk culture." Why do music industries that celebrate and seek to raise the profile of "folk arts" (lok sangeet) also routinely neglect and exploit regional "folk artists" (lok kalakar)? By attending to the experiences of musicians from three hereditary caste communities in the Garhwal Himalayas?Baddi, Bajgi, and Jagariya?and by interrogating the body politics of a number of mass-mediated representations, this talk will interrogate the idea that new media and vernacular markets have had a democratizing influence on musical practice. Fiol will demonstrate that entrenched and widely-shared conceptions about caste-based status, function, musical style, and mobility continue to influence who is allowed to participate in regional studio recordings, and how they are ultimately represented on video and cassette albums.

This event is sponsored by the South Asian Studies Program in International Programs.

Free and open to the public

For more information, please contact Frederick M. Smith at 319-400-1295 or frederick-smith@uiowa.edu


Thursday, April 5, 2012 - 16:00

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University Capitol Centre, International Commons (Room 1117)



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