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Lineage of Loss
Counternarratives of North Indian Music
Max Katz


2017 • 224 pp. 16 illus. 6 x 9"
Music / Ethnomusicology / World Beat

$24.95 Paperback, 978-0-8195-7759-7
$19.99 Ebook, 978-0-8195-7760-3

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Explores the forgotten voices and visions of a North Indian musical tradition

In the middle of the nineteenth century a new family of hereditary musicians emerged in the royal court of Lucknow and subsequently rose to the heights of renown throughout North India. Today this musical lineage, or ghar n , lives on in the music and memories of only a small handful of descendants and players of the family instrument, the sarod. Drawing on six years of ethnographic and archival research, and fifteen years of musical apprenticeship, Max Katz explores the oral history and written record of the Lucknow ghar n ,tracing its displacement, loss of prestige, and erasure from the collective memory. In doing so he illuminates a hidden history of ideological and social struggle in North Indian music culture, intervenes in ongoing debates over the anti-Muslim agenda of Hindustani music’s reform movement, and reanimates a lost vision in which Muslim scholar-artists defined the music of the nation. An interdisciplinary, postmodern counter-history, Lineage of Loss offers a new and unsettling narrative of Hindustani music’s encounter with modernity.

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Reviews / Endorsements

“Revealing previously unknown historical treasures, this carefully researched study importantly expands our knowledge of Hindustani music and its various but intersecting pasts. Every serious student will learn much from this quite new story.” —Daniel M. Neuman, Sambhi Chair of Indian Music, Department of Ethnomusicology, UCLA

Lineage of Loss is an important scholarly statement that challenges the generally accepted interpretation of the historical trajectory of artistic production in North India. In this beautifully crafted text Max Katz illuminates a relatively unknown, yet tremendously important, lineage of knowledge and experience to form an alternative history of modernity in Hindustani music culture.” —James Kippen, professor of ethnomusicology, University of Toronto

From the Book:

MAX KATZ is associate professor of music at the College of William and Mary.

Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:40:32 -0500