Sounding the Impact: A Case Study on the Social and Cultural Work of Music in the Context of the Edmonton Raga-Mala Music Society

  • Author / Creator
    Sparkes, Julie-Anne M.
  • The Edmonton Raga-Mala Music Society (ERMS) is a volunteer organization that supports Indian classical music, mainly through the act of organizing formal concerts. As a society that is centered on supporting a genre of music that is closely tied to a particular geographical location that is physically and culturally distant from its immediate surroundings, the ERMS occupies a delicate space within Canadian society. As a result, the organization has adapted in order to prosper in its environment. These adaptations, viewed through the multifaceted lens of the individuals who make up the ERMS, shed light on what kind of an identity the ERMS seeks to project and ways in which the society might be viewed as a type of community. As a result of the understandings gleaned from this exploration, I argue that the ERMS offers a compelling example of music’s ability to forge social solidarity in culturally diverse contexts.

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  • Graduation date
    Spring 2012
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    Master of Arts
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    University of Alberta
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    • Ethnomusicology
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  • Examining committee members and their departments
    • Frishkopf, Michael (Music)
    • Qureshi, Regula (Music)
    • Abu-Laban, Yasmeen (Political Science)
    • Spinetti, Federico (Music)