Sounding and Writing a Nepali Public Sphere: The Music and Language of Jhyāure

Anna Stirr
  • Asian Music, January 2015, Johns Hopkins University Press
  • DOI: 10.1353/amu.2015.0008

Sounding and Writing a Nepali Public Sphere: The Music and Language of Jhyaure

What is it about?

This article teases out the threads of historical, musical-technical, and regional linguistic meaning in the term jhyaure, discussing what it has come to signify in Nepal as a rural-affiliated genre of song and dance, a form of poetry that began to circulate in print in the nineteenth century, a symbol of hill-nationalist cultural production, and a symbol of unsophisticated country people.

Why is it important?

It's important because it reminds scholars of oral tradition's importance in forming a public sphere.

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http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/amu.2015.0008

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