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Ravi Shankar

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...Ravi Shankar was an Indian musician and composer dubbed the “godfather of world music.” He made great efforts to popularize the sitar, an Indian traditional string instrument, and Indian traditional music for Western audiences. Ravi Shankar...
...Without any formal training in singing, Kishore Kumar rose to the top of India’s film industry as a playback singer, actor, composer, director, and screenwriter. He was born into a wealthy family in the former British India’s Central...

Daler Mehndi

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...The prolific career of Daler Mehndi helped establish an Indian popular music industry outside the Bollywood system and brought bhangra dance music to the globe. Born in Bihar in 1967, Mehndi left home at fourteen to study voice, tabla...

A.R. Rahman

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...Nicknamed “Isai Puyal” (The Musical Storm) and “the Mozart of Madras,” Allahrakka Rahman—or simply A. R. Rahman—has built a wide-ranging career as a musical director, singer, and composer in the international music and film industries. Born...
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...The Indian playback singer Lata Mangeshkar has lent her voice to over 1,000 films and sung in over thirty-six languages. Born in the state of Indore in 1929, Mangeshkar’s family belonged to the Gomantak Maratha Samaj community and her...
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...The Hindustani classical singer Shubha Mudgal brought a level of artistry to the form while she infused her own work with left-wing politics. Born in 1959 in Allahabad, Mudgal was raised by her parents, both professors of English...

Mizoram

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 891,058 (2001)Mizoram is a state in the southern tip of northeast India; Aizawl is its capital. During British rule the region was known as Lushai Hills, and was included in the Assam administration. In post-Independence India...

Srinagar

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 894,940 (2001)Srinagar, in Kashmir, is the capital of the Jammu and Kashmir State, which consists of different ethnic, linguistic, and religious groups. The three broad regions of the State are Jammu, which has a Hindu majority,...

Ahmadabad

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 4,500,000 (2003) This capital of Gujarat State is the largest urban center located between Mumbai and Delhi; it has a growing international presence in commerce and is the center of Gujarati culture...

Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram)

Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume V : Locations: Asia and Oceania

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: city area – 744,739 (2001) Trivandrum (Thiruvananthapuram), the capital city of Kerala, is located in the southern district bordering Tamil Nadu. Two features of the city are an international airport, and the famous...