Murder of Musicians in South Asia


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Dispatch 7: Global Trends on All Seven Continents

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South Asia -- Politics and government, Social justice, Human rights


Dr. Priya Kapoor’s chapter on this topic is out now:

Kapoor, P. (2020). India Transitions: Culture and Society during Contemporary Viral Times. In Editors Chanwahn Kim and Rajiv Kumar's Great Transition in India: Critical Explorations, pp 71-86. Singapore, and UK: World Scientific Publishers.

Below are some sample musical forms of the qawwali tradition and baul traditions. The length of the songs are not for the faint hearted! Could be 15 mins to 45 mins, maybe more. A classical and very popular qawwali song performed by Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan (you will see accompanying musicians--chorus, instrumentalists, clappers [keep the tempo]-this song is a personal favorite, it's in Punjabi not Urdu) Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan and Peter Gabriel in performance Indian and Pakistani musicians ft. the Nooran sisters - qawwals from Punjab, India. The warm-up artist is famous folk singer from Indian Punjab, Gurdas Singh Mann. Worth seeing for the audience and the performative aspects of the show. It is generally true that even though Bollywood talks about rivalry between Indian and Pakistani in the commercial media, there is tremendous respect that musicians on both sides of the aisle enjoy amongst each other. Many Pakistani musicians live in India as it is easier to perform, find an audience and earn money. Nooran sisters live Debdas Baul, a docu feature and song. Parvathy Baul (Baul songs are in Bengali) A more modern qawwali


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