Dancing with Devtās: Drums, Power and Possession in the Music of Garhwal, North India
In the Central Himalayan region of Garhwal music is perceived as a powerful force. Through the powerful sounds of drumming, musicians cause the gods to dance in bodies of mediums. This occurs at many events when musicians use their music teleologically to 'dance the gods'. In other contexts, actors 'dance' the role of their character having become possessed by the spirit of their character/deity. In this book, Alter blends a carefully detailed analysis of drumming in conjunction with the complex ritual and social contexts of this sophisticated and semantically rich musical practice.
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Power and Meaning in the Context
Land of the Gods
Caste Groups and Instrumentalists
Performance Genres and Dance Practice
Musical Instruments in Garhwal
Dhol Sagar The Ocean of Drumming
Musical Power in
Music in the Context of Wedding Celebrations
The Pawara of Kirthipal and Kunjepal
Devanagari Text and Transliteration
Discography of Selected Commercially Released Cassettes
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Limited preview - 2016