Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Inde. Mahârâshtra: Chants Des Konkanî De Kochi / India. Songs of the Konkanî from Kochi

Academic journal article Yearbook for Traditional Music

Inde. Mahârâshtra: Chants Des Konkanî De Kochi / India. Songs of the Konkanî from Kochi

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Inde. Mahârâshtra: Chants des Konkanî de Kochi / India. Songs of the Konkanî from Kochi. 2007. Archives Internationales de Musique Populaire, AIMP 80. Disques VDE-Gallo VDE CD-1212. Recorded by Fabrice Contri. Annotated by Fabrice Contri with Umesh Kamath. 35 pp. of notes in French and English. English translation by Isabelle Schulte-Tenckhoff. 2 colour, 5 b/w photographs. 1 compact disc, 8 tracks (63:20).

Since the 1990s, academic debates have advocated a multicultural and diverse India over the old model of a broadly triangular division based on religion, language, and social stratification. In the study of Indian classical music, the conventional division of Carnatic and Hindustani performance practices (sampradâya), relating to the southern and northern regions of the subcontinent, respectively, has also been challenged by recent case studies among which Chants des Konkanî de Kochi is a good example.

The music and accompanying liner notes bear witness to a long voyage made by the Gauda Sarasvat Brahmin community, who travelled from the North Indian region of Kashmir during the Moghul occupation (1525-1707) to Goa, on the Malabar Coast, and Kochi (formerly known as Cochim), in Kerala. Along the way they encountered the Portuguese, who banned Hindu religious practices, thus transforming their music into a form of resistance. Language was also maintained through music, as seen in harikatha-a narrative genre defined by Fabrice Contri as a socio-religious activity performed in Hindu temples or during other collective religious actions-which uses Konkani, the Sanskrit-derived language that has been the official language of Goa since 1987. …

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