IMAGINING SPACE, CREATING COMMUNITY: EMERGING TABLA PRACTICE IN THE INDO-GUYANESE DIASPORA

Hindustani ceremonial tabla drumming, a long-established genre with roots in northern India, remains a cherished and important component for the New York City-based Indo-Guyanese community’s religious services. Through religious Hindustani tabla instruction, repertoire, and performance, members of this immigrant group maintain and construct new cultural links that identify the particular circumstances of their diasporic setting in New York City. What are the socio-musical dynamics that condition those trajectories? Through interviews with students and teachers of...
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