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From empire to filmi: a fusion of western and Indian cultural practices in Australian music education

Southcott, Jane and Joseph, Dawn 2007, From empire to filmi: a fusion of western and Indian cultural practices in Australian music education, International journal of music education, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 235-243, doi: 10.1177/0255761407083577.

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Title From empire to filmi: a fusion of western and Indian cultural practices in Australian music education
Author(s) Southcott, Jane
Joseph, DawnORCID iD for Joseph, Dawn orcid.org/0000-0002-6320-900X
Journal name International journal of music education
Volume number 25
Issue number 3
Start page 235
End page 243
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007-12
ISSN 0255-7614
1744-795X
Keyword(s) Australia school music
film music
imperialism
Indian music
multiculturalism
Summary During the 19th and 20th centuries, Indian culture was represented in Australia as part of celebrations of the British Empire. Children were presented with stereotypic representations of Indian culture, which provide a snapshot of contemporary perceptions. Such representations were rarely authentic. By removing music from one culture and presenting it in the symbolic gestures of another we strip away much of its meaning. Encouragingly, contemporary popular culture can incorporate a fusion of western and Indian cultural practices, such as filmi (Hindi: `film song' or `Indian film music'). This article describes early imperialist understandings of Indian culture in Australian school music to contextualize recent attempts to engage with more authentic intercultural understandings. To assist teachers in the presentation of `other' musics, guidelines for the inclusion of authentic materials are offered. By selecting music that is already a fusion of cultures and musical styles, it becomes easier for western music educators to engage with the other.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/0255761407083577
Field of Research 130299 Curriculum and Pedagogy not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, International Society for Music Education
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007796

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Education
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