The historiography of Indian classical music can be divided into three segments: a cultural history, which considers the role of music in the making of nationalistic and middle class identities; a social anthropology, which deals with modes of instruction and pedagogy by studying the community of performers and listeners; and an economic history, interested in long-term changes in the modes of production and consumption of music.


The economic history dimension remains under-explored. I try to meet this gap. In doing so, I bring into music history insights gained from studying other skilled crafts, and especially, try to understand the choices of master artisans who played pivotal role in the making (or unmaking) of good quality craftsmanship.

Music as Artisan Tradition, Contributions to Indian Sociology, 32(1), 1998, 21-42.

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A Concept of Indian Music, Journal of Indian Council of Philosophical Research, 1994.

Music as artisan tradition
R.V. Jadhav with Vinayak Vora, 1960s

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