Date of Degree

6-2021

Document Type

Dissertation

Degree Name

Ph.D.

Program

Music

Advisor

Peter Manuel

Committee Members

Jane Sugarman

Benjamin Lapidus

Elizabeth Wollman

Subject Categories

Ethnomusicology

Keywords

Hindustani music, Carnatic music, Diaspora, Indian American, Affluence

Abstract

This dissertation investigates the development of North and South Indian classical music communities in the New York metropolitan area from the mid-20th century to the present. In this investigation, I primarily focus on local musicians from diverse backgrounds and communities rather than internationally recognized stars. In the instances where I discuss famous musicians such as Ravi Shankar and Zakir Hussain, I focus on how they impacted New York metropolitan area communities particularly and what their success can teach about international Indian classical music careers. The dissertation is organized chronologically, and I highlight vital people, non-profit organizations, historical moments, and themes that emerged in each era of communal development. When discussing Indian American personnel, I utilize diaspora and transnational theorization to explain communal goals and conflict.

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