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Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies

The Richness of Simplicity: Interlocking Dimensions in Some Hindustānī Music Forms


Erika Caranti, PhD-Student (Eberhard Karls University of Tübingen)

Date and Time

November 13, 2020, 12:15 - 14:00


The presentation will focus on some folk and so-called ‘intermediate’ genres of Hindustānī music as emblematic of an entire sphere of Indian culture. The song texts of the genres – usually reductively labelled as ‘seasonal’ – shed insights on some fundamental social and cultural aspects of the life of north India. The peculiar language and rich imagery – expressed in a simple, immediate and yet intense style – reveal the complex variety of those music forms as an outcome of a constant and ongoing interaction between multi-layered contexts, beyond the binary categories of ‘classical/’folk’, secular/devotional and urban/rural.


Online Event on Zoom.


Institute of Asian and Oriental Studies - Indian Studies