Migrating Music and Tagore Unbound- a search


Migrating Music

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Movement Migration of people is perhaps as old as the history of civilization itself. From the time immemorial people are walking down the path of happenings, leaving or losing their home in search of a newer one, with their own desire and dream, longing or desperation, music and amusement, and are interacting, creating, merging or emerging, in the course.  

This movement or migration has shown the path of unknown to the human race whose elemental urge is to settle down. There is the fallacy. The reasons may be as different as natural, spatial, political, economical, social or racial, people have to move toward a new horizon but with an incessant quest for the root somewhere deep in the mind.

Migration of people and their music across the world has been occurring to an unprecedented extent and in novel ways for sometime now. Researchers in a variety of disciplines have also been responding by studying musical flows and the formation of hybrid styles, and the way in which apparently similar music can mean quite different things in different contexts.



Some contemporary thoughts in the sphere

The Mediterranean has long been regarded as, simultaneously, a zone of contact and transition, and an exclusionary boundary line in the forging of a western modernity. Musical practices have accompanied migrations, and shaped the imagination of those migrations with particular intensity at moments of anxiety about what they might imply…

Through its association with the Beatles, the Cavern Club in Liverpool has been a focus for tales of musical travel and migration and the birth, during the early 1960s, of a new, innovative and hybrid musical style… It will position the club in relation to the musical and spatial journeys of these musicians as well as urban and musical change…

The paper examines the way Cuban émigrés in London use music to construct their notions of identity and nation. Using a theoretical framework drawn from the literatures on identity, Diaspora, and representation, the research focuses on how music promotes a construction of home and contributes to the production of meanings about the nation. They became acquainted with the creations of the pre-revolutionary icons of their country’s music and with the work of other exile-émigré musicians.  As a result, their construction of Cuba broadens to include these new symbols of homeland music, which contributes greatly to their sense of identity…

Fugitive Music: Fellah Mengu, Hybridity and Difficulty

This paper explores the conditions that often characterize the experience of a hybrid, or migratory existence: poverty, incarceration, colonialization and economic globalization, and seeks out the troubled aesthetic that emerges from these sites of dislocation. In order to trace out a theoretical basis of this aesthetic, I shall focus on the hybridity that resulted in the development of the Cante Jondo, an Andalusian singing tradition that is considered the precursor to modern flamenco. Flamenco – which derives from the Arabic fellah mengu meaning ‘fugitive farmer/peasant’ and was born of the intermingling of an outcast migratory gitano population within a persisting Moorish cultural influence on a surface  Catholicism– has given rise to an aesthetic which, according to the poet Garcia Lorca, is dependent on its mixed cultural heritage, its fugitiveness and instability…                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Mysticism, Migrating music, Charoibeti…

This has been a period of five years almost that I have been in the awe of myriad shades of passion- a journey through Tagore’s song towards the world of mysticism.

I tried to tread along the paths of the 5th century BC Greece to understand what actually spurred Alexander the great to move this far with the entire panorama of Hellenic culture and there by to lay the foundation of the huge Hellenistic civilization…Afterwards these immensely rich, in every possible way, population, living in the area which the great emperor traversed and founded habitations in, including Persia, Turkey, and, of course, parts of Indian peninsula, became mere have-nots with only the glorious cultural heritage, and were commonly known as the Gypsies after there ever migrating character…Towards the end of the 14th century and early into the 15th century Taimur’s conquest resulted in immense destruction and loss of life in Persia and in India. And the poorest people of the areas, i.e., the Gypsies, were the worst sufferers. Many of these wanderers or Gypsies headed west, and some finally ended up in the early 15th century in Spain, and in particular in Andalusia… And Federico Garcia Lorca had to pen his essay on Andalusian Gypsy Music (Deep Song), and had to compose number of Gaceles (ghazals) as the outcome…This part of the world, the corridor of the Gypsies, incidentally has been the cradle of mysticism…

This stretch of land experienced wars, aggressions, migrations and pangs for quite a long time… And there emerged a number of musical forms which spelled out the agony of the suffering souls of the practitioners of these forms … All these musical forms were hybrid in nature that tell themselves their pattern of birth and growth… There was Manele in Romania, Chalga in Bulgaria, Turbo folk in Serbia, Rembetika in Greece, Rai in Algeria, or Fado in Portugal… Afterwards they have been known world wide as World Music…

And in the 19 century our country, especially Bengal, witnessed the then national and social unrest and colonial powers and obviously wars. There were great souls suffering profusely and creating immortal pieces of arts in this era of insecurity… Tagore, one of the greatest minds, echoed the tune of the Upanishads, Charoibeti, ‘move ahead’…



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