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The Tamil Padam
A Dance Music Genre of South India



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ISBN 9789814968560
March 31, 2023 Forthcoming by Jenny Stanford Publishing
448 Pages 44 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This book is a study of the Bharata Natyam dance genre "padam" and focuses on its patrons and composers and its formal structure, texts, and music. It examines the "rewriting" of South Indian dance and the decades-long debates over the classicization and ownership of South Indian music. The control over the representation of the arts is a subject that should resonate with studies of a wide variety of different genres and countries. The study is diachronic (historical), and also synchronic (examining padams’ organizational structure as a system). Importantly, the text includes 30 Tamil language songs, minutely translated and annotated together with a documentation of their performance history in the 20th century. Classical and modern music composers and performers, ethnomusicologists, librettists, singers, choreographers, art historians, dancers, dance scholars, and dance teachers will find them very useful, as translations can give students a deep contextual understanding of the dance form they are learning. Dancers, dance scholars, and dance teachers will find them especially useful, as translations can provide a deep contextual understanding of the dance form they are learning or studying. The book will find an enthusiastic readership with dance teachers who are actively training Bharata Natyam students and will also attract a scholarly audience, as it is an anthropological and historical study of an artistic form, which has a very high profile in South Asia and has become prominent in the growing fields of dance ethnography and "world dance."

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Two: Kings, Devotion, Patronage, Padams 3. Padakkarars, Composers: Composition, Change, and Biography 4. Sahityam, Texts: A System of Texts 5. Sangitam, Music: Principle of Selection of Material 6. Conclusion

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Biography

Matthew Allen is Professor Emeritus of Music and Asian Studies at Wheaton College (Massachusetts, USA). For over a decade, he studied Karnatak vocal music with flutist T. Viswanathan. Together they co-authored Music in South India (Oxford University Press). Prof. Allen has also written several articles on the social history of music and dance in India.