Accepted paper:

Struggle to be popular: a case study of Tibetan pop singers in exile

Authors:

Tatsuya Yamamoto (Kyoto University/ NIHU)

Paper short abstract:

This paper shows how Tibetan musicians in India and Nepal create music and lyrics and how globalization affects their musical activities in multi-layered ways. I especially focus on the genre of modern Tibetan music and show the musical situation by analyzing some key actors of its production.

Paper long abstract:

This presentation shows how Tibetan musicians in India and Nepal create music and lyrics in South Asia and how globalization affects their musical activities in multi-layered ways. I especially focus on the genre of modern Tibetan music and show the musical situation by analyzing some key actors of its production. The prototype of modern Tibetan music emerged in the 1970s and this musical genre had been gradually accepted by Tibetans in India and Nepal. They have recognized the popularity of that genre since the mid 1990s The situation surrounding the society and music of the Tibetan diaspora has changed drastically since the 2000s, and includes the emergence of CDs and the diversification of choice for music. And, although the number of musicians has increased, only a few have succeeded. I contextualize this situation in terms of globalization and insist that the globalization experienced by them is multi-layered because it not only synchronizes with the socio-economic situation in India and Nepal but also correlates with the network of diasporic Tibetans around the world. This presentation shows that the development of technology and the clever usage of technology are important factors in explaining the success of musicians in the society of the Tibetan diaspora. This case study shows the correlation between performing arts and globalization in South Asia, and elucidates how the multi-layered nature of globalization affects their creative activities and chances for success.

panel P005
The transformation of South Asian performing arts in the age of globalization: an anthropological analysis