Adivasi music – bibliography

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  • Babiracki, C.M., ‘Tribal music in the study of great and little traditions of Indian music’. In: B. Nettl (ed.), Comparative musicology and anthropology of music. Chicago, 1990.
  • Bhattachary S., 5., Ethno-musicology and India. Calcutta,1968.
  • Deva, B.C., Musical instruments. Delhi, 1977.
  • Deva, B.C., Kuckertz, J., ‘Songs of the Todas of the Nilgiris’. Sangeet Natak 50 (1978), p. 5-26.
  • Elwin, Verrier. The Muria and their Ghotul. Bombay, 1947.
  • Hivale, S., The Pardhans of the Upper Narbada Valley. Bombay, 1946.
  • Jairazbhoy, N.A., A musical Journey through India. Los Angeles, 1988.
  • Kaufmann, W., ‘The songs of the Hill Maria, Jhoria Muria and Bastar Muria Gond Tribes’. Ethnomusicology 4 (1960) nr. 2, p. 115-128.
  • Kaufmann, W., ‘The musical instruments of the Hill Maria, Jhoria and Bastar Muria Gond tribes’. Ethnomusicology 5 (1961) nr. 1, p. 1-9.
  • Knight, R. ‘The harp in India today’. Ethnomusicology 29 (1985) nr. 1, p. 9-28.
  • Kothari, K.S., Indian folk musical instruments. Delhi, 1968.
  • The new grove dictionary of musical instruments. Londen, 1984. Bijdragen van o.a. C. Babiracki, A. Dick en G. Dournon.
  • Wolf, Richard K. The Black Cow’s Footprint: Time, Space and Music in the Lives of the Kotas of South India. Champaign: University of Illinois Press, 2006.
  • Wrazen, L., ‘The early history of the Vina and Bin in South and Southeast Asia’. Asian Music 18 (1986) nr. 1, p. 35-55.

Source: Discography – information in Dutch (1992, updated by webmaster 2019) by Felix van Lamsweerde: “Muziek en muziekinstrumenten”, published in Adivasi: het andere India by Frits Cowan (ed.). Koninklijk Instituut voor de Tropen / Tropenmuseum, 1992, pp. 63-73

Learn more about Verrier Elwin: Author and educator known for his work with the tribes of India >>

Tribal communities in the central Indian region of Bastar:
Baiga | Bhatra | Dhruva | Gond | Halba | Madia | Maria | Muria

Ethnomusicologists don’t spend their time comparing the musics of different societies, and they certainly don’t compare in order to determine who is better at this or that aspect of music-making. But they look at each musical culture from a viewpoint that relates it to the world of music, a world comprised of a multitude of musical cultures that are alike in some ways and different in others, and they believe that insight can be gained from comparison. A comparative perspective, yes; but when it comes to brass tacks, what kinds of comparison are significant, and whether there is a good method for comparing musics, these are questions the literature has generally avoided.

Source: Nettl, Bruno in The Study of Ethnomusicology: Thirty-One Issues and Concepts
(University of Illinois 1983, 2005), p. 20
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