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East Indian Music in the West Indies: Tan-Singing, Chutney, and the Making of Indo-Caribbean Culture
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Temple Univ Pr
Publication date June 7, 2000
Pages 252
Binding Hardcover
Edition Har/com
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781566397629
ISBN-10 1566397626
Dimensions 0.75 by 7 by 10 in.
Weight 1.50 lbs.
Original list price $94.50
Other format details university press
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Amazon.com description: Product Description: Trinidadian sitarist, composer, and music authority, Mangal Patasar once remarked about tan-singing, "You take a capsule from India, leave it here for a hundred years, and this is what you get." Patasar was referring to what may be the most sophisticated and distinctive art form cultivated among the one and a half million East Indians whose ancestors migrated as indentured laborers from colonial India to the West Indies between 1845 and 1917. Known in Trinidad and Guyana as "tan-singing" or "local-classical music" and in Suriname as "baithak gana" ("sitting music"), tan-singing has evolved into a unique idiom, embodying the rich poetic and musical heritage brought from India as modified by a diaspora group largely cut off from its ancestral homeland. In recent decades, however, tan-singing has been declining, regarded as quaint and crude by younger generations raised on MTV, Hindi film music, and disco. At the same time, Indo-Caribbeans have been participating in their countries' economic, political, and cultural lives to a far greater extent than previously. Accompanying this participation has been a lively cultural revival, encompassing both an enhanced assertion of Indianness and a spirit of innovative syncretism. One of the most well-known products of this process is chutney, a dynamic music and dance phenomenon that is simultaneously a folk revival and a pop hybrid. In Trinidad, it has also been the vehicle for a controversial form of female empowerment and an agent of a new, more inclusive, conception of national identity. Thus, "East Indian Music in the West Indies" is a portrait of a diaspora community in motion. It documents the social and cultural development of a people "without history," a people who have sometimes been dismissed as foreigners who merely perpetuate the culture of the homeland rather than becoming "truly" Caribbean. Professor Manuel shows how inaccurate this characterization is. On the one hand, in the form of tan-singing, it examines the distinctiveness of traditional Indo-Caribbean musical culture. On the other, in the form of chutney, it examines the new assertiveness and syncretism of Indo-Caribbean popular music. Students of Indo-Caribbean music and curious world-music fans alike will be fascinated by Professor Manuel's guided tour through the complex and exciting world of Indo-Caribbean musical culture. Author note: Peter Manuel, an authority on the music of both North India and the Caribbean, is Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Music, and Philosophy at John Jay College. He is the author of several books, including "Popular Musics of the Non-Western World" (Oxford University Press), "Cassette Culture: Popular Music and Technology in North India", and "Caribbean Currents: Caribbean Music from Rumba to Reggae" (Temple University Press).

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Har/com edition from Temple Univ Pr (June 7, 2000)
9781566397629 | details & prices | 252 pages | 7.00 × 10.00 × 0.75 in. | 1.50 lbs | List price $94.50
About: Trinidadian sitarist, composer, and music authority, Mangal Patasar once remarked about tan-singing, "You take a capsule from India, leave it here for a hundred years, and this is what you get.
Paperback
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Pap/com edition from Temple Univ Pr (June 7, 2000)
9781566397636 | details & prices | 252 pages | 7.25 × 9.75 × 0.50 in. | 1.15 lbs | List price $42.95
About: Trinidadian sitarist, composer, and music authority, Mangal Patasar once remarked about tan-singing, "You take a capsule from India, leave it here for a hundred years, and this is what you get.

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