Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology

Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology Tamil Folk Music as Dalit Liberation Theology

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Zoe C. Sherinian shows how Christian Dalits (once known as untouchables or outcastes) in southern India have employed music to protest social oppression and as a vehicle of liberation. Her focus is on the life and theology of a charismatic composer and leader, Reverend J. Theophilus Appavoo, who drew on Tamil folk music to create a distinctive form of indigenized Christian music. Appavoo composed songs and liturgy infused with messages linking Christian theology with critiques of social inequality. Sherinian traces the history of Christian music in India and introduces us to a community of Tamil Dalit Christian villagers, seminary students, activists, and theologians who have been inspired by Appavoo's music to work for social justice. Multimedia components available online include video and audio recordings of musical performances, religious services, and community rituals.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 384 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 025300585X
  • 9780253005854

About Associate Professor Zoe C Sherinian

Zoe C. Sherinian is Associate Professor and Chair of Ethnomusicology at the University of Oklahoma.show more

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"[O]riginal and well written.... [S]hould be of interest to South Asianists, especially students and scholars of Dalit studies, [and other readers interested in] South Indian music, global Christianity, and ethnomusicology." --Peter Manuel, CUNY Graduate Center--Peter Manuel, CUNY Graduate Centershow more

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