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Chief musicians to the Mughal emperors: The Delhi kalawant biraderi, 17th to 19th centuries

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDhrupad, its future
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 2013 ITC SRA (West) seminar, held at NCPA, Nariman Point, Mumbai
Place of PublicationKolkata
PublisherITC Sangit Research Academy, Kolkata; Western Region


  • SchofieldDelhiKalawant_Revised

    SchofieldDelhiKalawant_Revised.pdf, 1.96 MB, application/pdf

    Uploaded date:13 Oct 2015

    Version:Other version

    Licence:CC BY-NC

    This article is provided under a creative commons license for non-commercial use only. The author, Katherine Butler Schofield, must be attributed.

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This article traces the genealogy of the chief Hindustani musicians to the Mughal emperors from Akbar (r.1556-1605) down to Bahadur Shah Zafar (r. 1837-58), for the first time from contemporaneous written sources. It includes a great deal of information about the written sources available for Hindustani music history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. The original paper was published in a very limited print-only run in India. I have therefore uploaded a substantially revised version here for "open peer review".

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