Love, Solidarity, and Sociopolitical Change

Anna Marie Stirr
  • October 2017, Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190631970.003.0007

Love, Solidarity, and Sociopolitical Change

What is it about?

Discussion of political topics in dohori lyrics was strictly forbidden in competitions and the state-run media up until 1990. This chapter looks at the slow movement toward including party politics and specific social issues in dohori performance and recordings.

Why is it important?

Three interrelated aspects include the inclusion of love in songs sung for party political platforms and vice versa; arguments for caste equality through a musical meritocracy; and attempts to create social change through the words, music, videos, and live performance of dohori songs.


Anna Stirr (Author)
University of Hawaii System

Politics Love Social Change Caste Gender

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