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Transforming Dalit Identity: Ancient Drum Beat, New Song

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dc.contributor.advisor Hipwell, William
dc.contributor.advisor Weiss, Rick Dalton, Fiona Margaret Page 2008-07-17T23:44:16Z 2008-07-17T23:44:16Z 2008 2008
dc.description.abstract Folk music is one medium used by the Dalits of India in response to the oppression they face under the country's caste system. This thesis describes research conducted on the effects of music composed by a radical Dalit Christian pastor in South India nicknamed ' Parattai.' The main aims were to investigate how Parattai's religiously affiliated Dalit folk music transformed people, and whether or not its popularity and use had been maintained since Parattai's death in 2005. The primary data was collated from twenty six semi-structured interviews which took place in Tamil Nadu state between December 2006 and April 2007. The secondary data comprises literature on caste and inequality, and grassroots responses involving religion and music. This research found that Parattai' s music was effective because it declared a proud Dalit identity. Parattai embraced and reclaimed the musical and dance styles, vernacular languages, food, and religious ideologies of Dalits so as to transform Dalits from the inside out. Parattai's music continues to empower people with the appreciation of their own strengths. However, further promotion of his folk music style would ensure enduring transformation and activism towards the equality of all Dalits. en_NZ
dc.language.iso en_NZ
dc.publisher Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ
dc.subject Caste en_NZ
dc.subject Folk music en_NZ
dc.subject Dalit en_NZ
dc.title Transforming Dalit Identity: Ancient Drum Beat, New Song en_NZ
dc.type Text en_NZ
vuwschema.contributor.unit School of Geography, Environment and Earth Sciences en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.marsden 220000 Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts-General en_NZ
vuwschema.type.vuw Awarded Research Masters Thesis en_NZ Development Studies en_NZ Victoria University of Wellington en_NZ Master's en_NZ Master of Development Studies en_NZ
vuwschema.subject.anzsrcfor 169999 Studies in Human Society not elsewhere classified en_NZ

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