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Arts: Folk Dancers and Folk Singers: South Asia
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In rural North India and Pakistan, Muslim women and men typically maintain separate music and dance traditions in their everyday lives. Men more often have opportunities to perform in professional groups that provide entertainment for patrons and public celebrations, and women's musical traditions are typically connected to life-cycle and calendric events in household and other small group settings. With the growth of the music industry, the fusion of musical styles, and the high value placed on…

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Post, Jennifer C., “Arts: Folk Dancers and Folk Singers: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0291h>
First published online: 2009

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