Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal

06 March 2018 01:00 PM – 03:00 PM
Location: B544 - Schoenberg Music Building, 445 Charles E Young Drive East, University of California, Los Angeles, CA 90095, USA, Los Angeles, California, United States
Category: Department of Ethnomusicology

Singing Across Divides: Music and Intimate Politics in Nepal (OUP 2017)
Book talk by Anna Stirr

Associate Professor, University of Hawai'i at Manoa School of Pacific and Asian Studies, Asian Studies Program

Part of the Nazir Ali Jairazbhoy Colloquium Series 

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Room B544, Schoenberg Music Building, UCLA
Free admission, but RSVP requested via this link: RSVP

Singing Across Divides examines how forms of love and intimacy are linked to changing conceptions of political solidarity and forms of belonging, through the lens of Nepali dohori song. The book describes dohori: improvised, dialogic singing, in which a witty repartee of exchanges is based on poetic couplets with a fixed rhyme scheme, often backed by instrumental music and accompanying dance, performed between men and women, with a primary focus on romantic love. This talk will address how urban dohori performances strive to recreate rural performance spaces with a cosmopolitan flair. It will address how performers negotiate issues of honor, in part by relying on rural, indigenous paradigms of social exchange and their associated aesthetics of verbal art and musical sound.

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