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Arts: Performers and Performing Groups: South Asia
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Women in South Asia in South Asia have contributed to the musical landscape in diverse social and musical settings in India, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Written and pictorial evidence from the sixteenth through the late nineteenth centuries indicates that women played significant roles in dance and music. A hereditary matrilineal tradition in music maintained into the twentieth century prepared Muslim and Hindu women performers in women performers in India to entertain men in royal and feudal courts and private gatherings (mehfil). Their performances involved vocal music and…

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C. Post, Jennifer, “Arts: Performers and Performing Groups: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 09 February 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0292f>
First published online: 2009

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