Author Alter, Andrew, 1960-
Title Dancing with devtās : drums, power and possession in the music of Garhwal, North India / Andrew Alter
Imprint Aldershot, Hampshire, England ; Burlington, Vt. : Ashgate, c2008
book jacket
LOCATION CALL # STATUS OPACMSG BARCODE
 Ethnology Library  ML338.7.G37 A47 2008    AVAILABLE    30520020686151
Descript xxiii, 277 p. : ill., map, music ; 24 cm. + 1 sound disc (digital ; 4 3/4 in.)
Series SOAS musicology series
Note Series from dust jacket
Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-257), discography (p. 259-260), and index
Contextualising the study -- Sounding the drum: power and meaning in the context of performance -- Dev bhūmi: land of the gods -- Caste groups and instrumentalists -- Performance genres and dance practice -- Musical instruments in Garhwal -- Dhol sāgar: the ocean of drumming -- Analysis and description of musical events: musical power in the context of performance -- Drumming associated with pāñdavalīlā -- Music in the context of wedding celebrations -- The pawārā of kirthipal and kunjepal
Contents on sound disc: Examples from the Pañḍavalīlā of Budna -- The Baṛhāī of Kaintha and Bhoya Das (:21) -- The beginning segment of a chauñwārā at Budna (8:10) -- Ulṭā, the "backwards" moving bājā (:17) -- Sulṭā 2, the second "forwards" moving bājā (:27) -- Sulṭā 3, the third "forwards" moving bājā (:16) -- Sulṭā 4, the fourth "forwards" moving bājā (:15) -- Sulṭā 5, the fifth "forwards" moving bājā (:16) -- Sulṭā 6, the sixth "forwards" moving bājā (:12) -- The final chauñwārā bājā (:17) -- Excerpt from the individual dance of Hanuman (1:13) Excerpt from the individual dance of Bhima (:29) -- Excerpt from the individual dance of Draupadi (:44) -- Examples of wedding repertoire -- The Baṛhāī of Puran and Jog Das (:46) -- The bāje of all the devtās (Dhūñyal) (:28) -- The bājā for the brāt's departure from the groom's village (:11) -- The Shabd (:24) -- The bājā for climbing a steep path (:24) -- The bājā for going around a corner (:34) -- The bājā for walking single-file on a level path (:36) -- The baja at the edge of a river (:16) -- The bājā from climbing up to the bride's house (:15) -- The bājā for the brāt's departure from the bride's house (:24) -- The Baṛhāī / played by Im Das and party at Kakhwari (:35) -- "Oṭūwā Beleṇā" played for dancing and processing at Kakhwari (1:03) -- Excerpts from the pawāṛā of Kirthipal and Kunjepal / performed by Bhag Chand and party -- The invocation to Nirankar/Vishnu (1:29) -- Celebrations at Thati Silla Kot for Bimalawati's pregnancy (5:42) -- Kunjepal leaves his wife in the cave (2:14) -- The fierce war at Budha Villor (7:07) -- Kirthipal's jealousy drives him to kill his brother (12:33) -- Khetrapal and his mother run to avoid Kirthipal's poison (2:37) -- Khetrapal's adventures, including the sādhūs' kīrtan, "Rāma Bhajo" (5:40)
Subject Music -- India -- Garhwāl -- History and criticism
Drum -- Performance -- India -- Garhwāl
Music, Influence of -- India -- Garhwāl