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“To change the face of this country”: Nepalese progressive songs under pancayat democracy
Linköping University, Department for Studies of Social Change and Culture, Culture, Society, Media Production. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
1996 (English)In: Journal of South Asian Literature, ISSN 0091-5637, Vol. 29, no 1, 175-189 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This is a study of a contemporary Nepalese artistic genre. But it is also an analysis of political rhetorics and of one of the means by which the political parties were able to build up mass support during the time they were legally banned. During the three decades of partyless Pancayat Democracy, the parties were confined to working underground, undercover in the guise of student unions, and – as they did from its very inception (Rose 1965: 360, 365) – within the pancayat system itself. How, then, to capture, convince and convert the masses? Progressive songs – pragati!"l g"t – were part of the “cultural front” specifically aimed to reach beyond the dedicated party workers and to “the people”. This cultural work – conceived as the first step in the enlightenment of the people – included street dramas; the street poetry revolution (Hutt 1991:142); and the musical performances and cultural programs (with a mix of dramas, dances, and songs) of which progressive songs were the most important component.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Institutionen för studier av samhällsutveckling och kultur , 1996. Vol. 29, no 1, 175-189 p.
Keyword [en]
ethnomusicology, Nepal, political songs
National Category
Social Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-10582OAI: diva2:17317
Original publication: Ingemar Grandin, “To change the face of this country”: Nepalese progressive songs under pancayat democracy, 1996, Journal of South Asian Literature, (29), 1, 175-189.Available from: 2008-01-18 Created: 2008-01-18 Last updated: 2012-05-14

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