We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. By continuing to browse this repository, you give consent for essential cookies to be used. You can read more about our Privacy and Cookie Policy.

Durham Research Online
You are in:

The lotus and the king : imagery, gesture and meaning in a Hindustani rāg.

Leante, Laura (2009) 'The lotus and the king : imagery, gesture and meaning in a Hindustani rāg.', Ethnomusicology forum., 18 (2). pp. 185-206.


This article brings together investigation of gesture and imagery in the study of North Indian classical music, focusing on a particular rāg—Śrī rāg—in detail. The research, based on extensive ethnography and analysis of audiovisual recordings, reveals how the embodiment of sound as patterns of movement is a key to understanding how musicians associate particular images and emotions with rāgs, and at the same time how such processes of signification are intertwined with culturally embedded meanings.

Item Type:Article
Keywords:South Asia, Hindustani classical music, Rāga, Gesture, Imagery, Meaning construction.
Full text:(AM) Accepted Manuscript
Download PDF
Publisher Web site:
Publisher statement:This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis Group in Ethnomusicology Forum on 03/11/2009, available online at:
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:01 May 2015
Date of first online publication:November 2009
Date first made open access:No date available

Save or Share this output

Look up in GoogleScholar