Hindustani Music Assignment

For this assignment write a 3-4 page essay describing the relationship between social structure and musical structure in Hindustani music. Topics that you should address in your essay should include but are not limited to:


Why is important that there is no word for “musician” in this tradition? How are musicians identified? (Think about the roles and social ranking of soloists and accompanists.)

How is authority created and challenged in Hindustani music?

What are the differences and similarities between khandan and gharana?

What are the conditions for a gharana to be recognized?

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