Combining ethnomusicological and art historical methods with history and lore, this text examines how musicians of Hindustan encountered and Indianized music from the Persian cultural sphere. Exploring the visual sources available in illustrated manuscripts and paintings of the Mughal Empire (1526-1858), Bonnie Wade focuses first on Akbar, to show how political and cultural agendas intertwined in the portrayal of Mughal court life. Wade then follows the depictions of music-making through paintings for Akbar's successors Jahangir and Shah Jahan to trace the gradual synthesis of Persian and Indian culture. She also provides an explicit and implicit focus on the role of women in Mughal culture and music. Richly illustrated with reproductions of Mughal paintings, this work should appeal to anyone interested in Indian history, art history, and ethnomusicology.
Acknowledgments Note on Transliteration and Rubric Note on Dates and Calendars Abbreviations Genealogy of the Mughal Family Maps Introduction Pt. 1: The Political Agenda: The Early Mughal Era Ch. 1: Mughal Exercise of Power in the Creation of Texts: Communication and Political Synthesis Ch. 2: Music-Making in Mughal Family History and Life Ch. 3: The Interface of Harem and Court Pt. 2: The Cultural Agenda: The "Great Mughals," From Akbar to Aurangzeb Ch. 4: Music in Akbar's Court and Paintings Ch. 5: Synthesis with a Musical Text Ch. 6: Transformations: The Indianization of Mughal Musical Culture App: List of Illustrated Manuscripts and Albums Notes Glossary of Musical Instruments and Terms Bibliography Index of Illustrations General Index