Nationalism remixed? The politics of cultural flows between the South Asian diaspora and ‘homeland’

Murthy, Dhiraj. 2010. Nationalism remixed? The politics of cultural flows between the South Asian diaspora and ‘homeland’. Ethnic and Racial Studies, 33(8), pp. 1412-1430. ISSN 0141-9870 [Article]

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This article examines ‘Asian electronic music’, a generally progressive diasporic South Asian scene which fuses electronic dance music beats with instruments/sounds traditionally associated with the subcontinent, and how it became embedded into ‘majoritarian’ Indian nationalism. In India, the music's perceived ‘fusion’ aesthetic became emblematic of an emergent India which was economically prosperous while ‘respecting’ its cultural heritage. Using the case of an album which remixed India's national song, Vande Mataram, this article explores the convergences and divergences between Asian electronic musicians in Delhi and Hindu nationalists. The article concludes that the musicians in Delhi did not lend to Hindu nationalism. However, they perhaps gave secular Indian nationalism a ‘cool’ gloss. Ultimately, the production and consumption of Asian electronic music in Delhi raises significant questions regarding the scene's relationship to Indian nationalisms.

Item Type:

Article

Identification Number (DOI):

https://doi.org/10.1080/01419870903521523

Keywords:

Nationalism, diaspora, India, ethnicities, globalization, transnationalism

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

Sociology

Dates:

DateEvent
March 2010Published

Item ID:

9303

Date Deposited:

29 Oct 2013 22:29

Last Modified:

18 Feb 2014 09:55

Peer Reviewed:

Yes, this version has been peer-reviewed.

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/9303

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