Document Type

Journal Article

Department/Unit

Department of Music

Language

English

Abstract

This article juxtaposes the iconic performances at the Wagah (Pakistani-Indian) border with a genealogical analysis of "'motherland'" symbolism in Indian cultural nationalism in order to illuminate the relationship between gender and national ideology. Drawing from archival research and ethnographic experience, I follow the development of India's national song, "Vande Mataram," exploring its evolution and impact through the independence movement into the modern-day Hindu golden age. Drawing from postcolonial theory, feminist perspectives, literary analysis, and critiques of nationalism, I examine the tensions between tradition and modernity in Indian culture, looking at the power structures that subordinate gender to nationalist ideologies.

Publication Date

Summer 2017

Source Publication Title

Asian Music

Volume

48

Issue

2

Start Page

90

End Page

110

Publisher

University of Texas Press

Peer Reviewed

1

Copyright

This is a pre-copyedited version of an article accepted for publication in Asian Music following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available through the University of Texas Press.

DOI

10.1353/amu.2017.0019

Link to Publisher's Edition

http://dx.doi.org/10.1353/amu.2017.0019

ISSN (print)

00449202

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