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  Echoes from Dharamsala
By: Diehl, Keila

Echoes from Dharamsala


 
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Author: Diehl, Keila

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Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community
In Echoes from Dharamsala,Keila Diehl uses music to understand the experiences of Tibetans living in Dharamsala, a town in the Indian Himalayas that for more than forty years has been home to Tibet's government-in-exile. Her absorbing narrative argues that the exiles' focus on cultural preservation, while crucial, has contributed to the development of essentialist ideas of what is truly "Tibetan." As a result, "foreign" or "modern" practices that have gained deep relevance for Tibetan refugees have been devalued. Diehl scrutinizes this tension in her discussion of the refugees' enthusiasm for songs from blockbuster Hindi films, the popularity of Western rock and roll among Tibetan youth, and the emergence of a new genre of modern Tibetan music. Diehl's insight into the soundscape of Dharamsala is enriched by her own experiences as the keyboard player for a Tibetan refugee rock group called the Yak Band. Her groundbreaking study reveals the importance of music as a site where official and personal, old and new, representations of Tibetan culture meet and where different notions of "Tibetan-ness" are being imagined, performed, and debated.
Echoes of Dharamsala: Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community, Keila Diehl, University of California Press, 312 pages, $22.95

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