Religion and Music in South Asia (Matthew Allen, Fall 2003)

Compiled by Matthew Allen

With respect to South Asia, in addition to Bill Jackson’s [work on Tyagaraja] and Guy Beck’s excellent work [Sonic Theology], the following might be of interest:

The Garland Encyclopedia of World Music, South Asia volume, edited by Alison Arnold (articles on religion and music in different regions of South Asia, and good bibliography). Routledge/Taylor & Francis, 2000.

Azad Faruqi, I.H. “Sufism and Bhakti: Maulana Rum and Sri Ramakrishna.” Delhi: Abhinav, 1984.

Mansukhani, Gobind Singh. “Indian Classical Music and Sikh Kirtan.” Oxford/IBH, 1982.

Meduri, Avanthi. “Bharatha Natyam: What Are You?” recently reprinted in Dils, Ann, and Ann Cooper Albright, eds., “Moving History / Dancing Cultures: A Dance History Reader.” Wesleyan Univ. Press, 1991.

Palackal, Joseph. “India; Christian Music.” in the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, vol 12:223-234, 2001.

Pesch, Ludwig. “The Illustrated Companion to South Indian Music.” Oxford Univ. Press, 1999.

Qureshi, Regula. “Sufi Music of India and Pakistan: Sound, Context and Meaning in Qawwali.” Cambridge Univ. Press, 1986.

Ruckert, George. “Music in North India: Experiencing Music, Expressing Culture.” Oxford Univ. Press, 2003.

Sherinian, Zoe. “Dalit Theology in Tamil Christian Folk Music: A Transformative Liturgy by James Theophilus Appavoo.” In Raj, Selva,and Corinne Dempsey, eds., “Popular Christianity in India: Riting Between the Lines.” SUNY Press, 2002.

Subramaniam, V. “The Sacred and the Secular in India’s Performing Arts: Ananda K. Coomaraswamy Centenary Essays.” South Asia Books, 1983.

Wulff, Donna. “On Practicing Religiously: Music as Sacred in India.” In Irwin, Joyce, ed., “Sacred Sound: Music in Religious Thought and Practice.” Chico: Scholars Press, 1983.

I’ll also make bold to mention work that I’ve been involved with:

Allen, Matthew. “Rewriting the Script for South Indian Dance.” In TDR / Journal of Performance Studies 41(3):63-100, 1997.

Allen, Matthew. “Tales Tunes Tell: Deepening the Dialogue Between ‘Classical’ and ‘non-Classical’ in the Music of India.” In Yearbook for Traditional Music 30:22-52, 1998.

Viswanathan, T., and Matthew Allen. “Music in South India: The Karnatak Concert Tradition and Beyond.” Oxford Univ. Press, 2003. (forthcoming in about a month; please see for information)