The Indian Drum of the King-god and the Pakhāwaj of Nathdwara: 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

The Indian Drum of the King-god and the Pakhāwaj of Nathdwara

1st Edition

By Paolo Pacciolla


224 pages | 28 B/W Illus.

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Hardback: 9780367370237
pub: 2020-05-27
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The book studies the evolution of the ancient drum mṛdaṅga into the pakhāvaj crossing more than two thousand years of history. While focusing on the Nathdwara school of pakhāvaj, the author, joins ethnographic, historical, religious and iconographic perspectives, to argue a multifaceted interpretation of the role and function of the pakhāvaj in royal courts, temples and contemporary stages; furthermore he offers the first analysis of the visual and narrative contents of its repertoire.

About the Author

Paolo Pacciolla is Tagore Fellow affiliated with the Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts of New Delhi, where he is conducting research on ritual drumming in Kerala. His main ethnographic focus is on music in India, his research interests include Ethnomusicology, Organology, Iconography of Music, Indology and Religious Studies.

About the Series

SOAS Studies in Music Series

SOAS Musicology Series is today one of the world’s leading series in the discipline of ethnomusicology. Our core mission is to produce high-quality, ethnographically rich studies of music-making in the world’s diverse musical cultures. We publish monographs and edited volumes that explore musical repertories and performance practice, critical issues in ethnomusicology, sound studies, historical and analytical approaches to music across the globe. We recognize the value of applied, interdisciplinary and collaborative research, and our authors draw on current approaches in musicology and anthropology, psychology, media and gender studies. We welcome monographs that investigate global contemporary, classical and popular musics, the effects of digital mediation and transnational flows.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MUSIC / General
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology