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Representations: Music: South Asia
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Gender is embedded in most aspects of the traditional performing arts in South Asia. This gendered discourse exists in mythological, canonic, and vernacular references and is articulated in social, aesthetic, and corporeal attitudes and practice among most communities, particularly Hindu and Muslim. According to ancient Hindu cosmology, the universe exists in a complementary duality of forces: purusha (male, the maker of form and ag…

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Maciszewski, Amelia, “Representations: Music: South Asia”, in: Encyclopedia of Women & Islamic Cultures, General Editor Suad Joseph. Consulted online on 15 September 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1872-5309_ewic_EWICCOM_0630d>
First published online: 2009



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