2005 Student Research Conference:
18th Annual Student Research Conference

Fine Arts

The Social and Political History of Nepalese Music and Its Effect on the Nepalese
Christopher Lowery
Dr. Marc Rice, Faculty Mentor

The history of Nepal is vast and varied. Throughout their history, politics has in some ways shaped Nepalese music. As they did in history, current music is also affected by politics and economics. In general, recently music is separated into two group, Westernized music and traditional music. The popular traditions of the Western music seem to be infuses in World music, including Nepal. By interviewing the Nepalese students here at Truman State University, I plan to find out how general Nepalese are affected by music and what messages are they getting from the music. This study will focus on the modern music of Nepal, and the connections between music, politics, and global economics. It will consider the musical history of the country, including an overview of important trends. The study will then center on the musical histories of Nepalese students at Truman State University, histories gained through ethnographic interviews and musical analysis.

Keywords: Music, Nepal, Traditional Music, Westernized Music, History, Ethnography

Topic(s):Music

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 2-3
Location: OP 2111
Time: 8:45

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