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The rulers of the Mughal Empire of India, who reigned from 1526 to 1858, spared no expense as patrons of the arts. They left as their legacy an extraordinarily rich body of commissioned artistic projects, including illustrated manuscripts and paintings that represent music-making in numerous spheres of Mughal court life, particularly that of women. These images form the basis of Bonnie C. Wade's study of how musicians of Hindustan encountered and Indianized music from the Persian cultural sphere.

Combining ethnomusicological and art historical methods with history and lore, Wade focuses first on paintings for Akbar, showing how political and cultural agendas intertwined in the portrayal of his life and that of his grandfather Babur and father, Humayun. Wade then follows the depictions of music-making through paintings for Akbar's successors, Jahangir and Shah Jahan, to trace the gradual synthesis of Persian and Indian culture. Richly illustrated with reproductions of rare Mughal paintings, this work will appeal broadly to anyone interested in Indian history, ethnomusicology, and art history.

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Combining ethnomusicological and art historical methods with history and lore, Bonnie C. Wade examines how musicians of Hindustan encountered and Indianized music from the Persian cultural sphere. Exploring the visual sources available in illustrated manuscripts and paintings of the Mughal Empire (1526-1858), Wade focuses first on Akbar, to show how political and cultural agendas intertwined in the portrayal of Mughal court life. Wade then follows the depictions of music-making through paintings for Akbar's successors Jahangir and Shah Jahan to trace the gradual synthesis of Persian and Indian culture. She also provides an explicit and implicit focus on the role of women in Mughal culture and music. Richly illustrated with reproductions of Mughal paintings, this work will appeal broadly to anyone interested in Indian history, art history, and ethnomusicology.

"Wade has the ability to make descriptions of instrumental ensembles and court scenes come to life.... Without a doubt "Imaging Sound" addresses an important interdisciplinary area of ethnomusicology and musicology".--Regula Burckhardt Qureshi

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 245-264) and indexes.

About the Author

Bonnie Wade earned her B.Mus. from Boston University in 1963, her M.A. in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1967, and her PhD in ethnomusicology from UCLA in 1971. She taught at Brown University until 1975, when she moved to to the University of California Berkeley, where she is professor of music.
 

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Note on Transliteration and Rubric

Note on Dates and Calendars

Abbreviations

Genealogy of the Mughal Family

Maps

Introduction

Pt. 1: The Political Agenda: The Early Mughal Era

Ch. 1: Mughal Exercise of Power in the Creation of Texts: Communication and Political Synthesis

Ch. 2: Music-Making in Mughal Family History and Life

Ch. 3: The Interface of Harem and Court

Pt. 2: The Cultural Agenda: The "Great Mughals," From Akbar to Aurangzeb

Ch. 4: Music in Akbar's Court and Paintings

Ch. 5: Synthesis with a Musical Text

Ch. 6: Transformations: The Indianization of Mughal Musical Culture

App: List of Illustrated Manuscripts and Albums

Notes

Glossary of Musical Instruments and Terms

Bibliography

Index of Illustrations

General Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780226868417
Author:
Wade, Bonnie C.
Author:
Wade
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Location:
Chicago :
Subject:
Asian
Subject:
Criticism
Subject:
History and criticism
Subject:
Ethnomusicology
Subject:
Music
Subject:
History - Asian
Subject:
Criticism - Other specific cultures
Subject:
Music in art
Subject:
Music -- Mogul Empire -- History and criticism.
Subject:
Criticism -- Theory.
Subject:
Music -- India -- History and criticism.
Subject:
MUSIC / Ethnomusicology
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Chicago Studies in Ethnomusicology
Series Volume:
TB1203Q
Publication Date:
19990631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
Professional and scholarly
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 color plates, 166 halftones, 21 maps
Pages:
470
Dimensions:
11 x 8.5 in

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"Synopsis" by , Combining ethnomusicological and art historical methods with history and lore, Bonnie C. Wade examines how musicians of Hindustan encountered and Indianized music from the Persian cultural sphere. Exploring the visual sources available in illustrated manuscripts and paintings of the Mughal Empire (1526-1858), Wade focuses first on Akbar, to show how political and cultural agendas intertwined in the portrayal of Mughal court life. Wade then follows the depictions of music-making through paintings for Akbar's successors Jahangir and Shah Jahan to trace the gradual synthesis of Persian and Indian culture. She also provides an explicit and implicit focus on the role of women in Mughal culture and music. Richly illustrated with reproductions of Mughal paintings, this work will appeal broadly to anyone interested in Indian history, art history, and ethnomusicology.

"Wade has the ability to make descriptions of instrumental ensembles and court scenes come to life.... Without a doubt "Imaging Sound" addresses an important interdisciplinary area of ethnomusicology and musicology".--Regula Burckhardt Qureshi

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