Department of Music
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.
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University of Texas Press
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.
Link to Publisher's Edition
Elias, A. (2017). "Vande Mataram!": Constructions of gender and music in Indian nationalism. Asian Music, 48 (2), 90-110. https://doi.org/10.1353/amu.2017.0019