Bards, Ballads and Boundaries

An Ethnographic Atlas of Music Traditions in West Rajasthan

Daniel Neuman, Komal Kothari, Shubha Chaudhuri


8 x 11.5 inches, 396 pp, 150 halftones and facsimiles, 4 maps, 3 tables. 2006

ISBN : 9781905422074

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An Atlas of the world’s richest historical musical traditions, this book is a cartography and catalogue of musicians and music-making in the Western districts of Rasjasthan state in contemporary India. Based on extensive statistical and cultural data, it provides an ethnographic survey of musical traditions organized on the basis of specific communities of music specialists, their patrons and the music they produce. Much of the cultural context of Rajasthan’s musical history is based on the epic songs of its bardic traditions. These tradition are very much alive today and now enjoy a new global audience now extending far beyond Rajasthan’s borders. 

Shubha Chaudhuri is the Director of the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies. She is also the Vice-President, International Association of Sound and Visual Archives. 

Komal Kothari was director and founder of Rupayan Sansthan, an institute of folklore in Rajasthan.

Daniel Neuman is Executive Vice-Chancellor at UCLA in Los Angeles and the author of Life and Music in North India, University of Chicago Press. 


Oral History
Culture Studies
Cultural Anthropology