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Networks of Music and History: Vilayat Khan and the Emerging Sitar
Utter, Hans Fredrick

2011, Doctor of Philosophy, Ohio State University, Music.
My dissertation explores the sitar’s rise and significance in post-independence India (1947-2009), primarily through the Imdad Khan Gharana and Vilayat Khan. Pioneering sitarists such as Ravi Shankar and Ustad Vilayat Khan were vitally important in forging India’s cultural modern identity. By studying critically the role of individual creativity in the re-imagining of tradition, my dissertation investigates how contesting cultural heritages found expression in new artistic mediums that challenged and reached new audiences. In order to create a “non-linear” history of the sitar it is conceptualized as a “quasi-object” using the semiotic-material schema found in Latour’s Actor Network Theory (Latour 2008). Musical analysis is informed by a Deleuzian approach for the perception of multiple “truths,” exploring performance as the interpenetration of the virtual and actual in assemblages.
Margarita Mazo, Dr (Advisor)
Ron Emoff, Dr (Committee Member)
Danielle Folser-Lussier, Dr (Other)
Jack Richardson, Dr (Committee Member)
407 p.

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