New PDF release: D?ph?: Sacred Singing in a South Asian City: Music,

By Richard Widdess

D?ph?, or d?ph? bhajan, is a style of Hindu-Buddhist devotional making a song, played via male, non-professional musicians of the farmer and different castes belonging to the Newar ethnic team, within the cities and villages of the Kathmandu Valley, Nepal. The songs, their texts, and their attribute responsorial performance-style characterize an extension of pan-South Asian traditions of r?ga- and t?la-based devotional music, yet while include unique features of Newar tradition. This tradition is of exact value as an city South Asian society during which many conventional versions live to tell the tale into the trendy age.


There are few book-length stories of non-classical vocal song in South Asia, and none of d?ph?. Richard Widdess describes the song and musical practices of d?ph?, bills for his or her old origins and later differences, investigates hyperlinks with different South Asian traditions, and describes a cultural global during which song is a vital part of daily social and spiritual lifestyles. The e-book focusses really at the musical procedure and constructions of d?ph?, yet goals to combine their research with that of the cultural and historic context of the tune, to be able to tackle the query of what tune potential in a conventional South Asian society.

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