Ethnographic wax cylinders

Tevaram Pathikam

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  • Type

    sound

  • Duration

    00:02:44

  • Cultures

    Tamil

  • Shelf mark

    C72/851

  • Recording date

    1910 or 1911

  • Recording locations

    Madras, India

  • Recordist

    Fox Strangways, A. H.

  • Abstract

    A pathikam, lit. "hymn, prayer", from the Tevaram. Tevaram is the collective term for the first seven volumes of the Tirumurai, a twelve-volume collection of Saivaite devotional poetry by various South Indian poets. The original documentation states: 'Tevaram in Tamil. Rag Mohana and Kannada. Tal none. Vadavelu Madras'. Solo male voice (cf. 0841-2), not positively identified. Arthur Fox Strangways (1859-1948) came from an aristocratic family, and studied music at Balliol College Oxford, and then at the Hochschule für Musik in Berlin. It was after a career as a teacher that Fox Strangways embarked on a field trip to India from 1910 to 1911, having travelled to the country some years earlier. In the course of his fieldwork, Fox Strangways recorded over forty wax cylinders in Raipur, Madras, Trichur, Tanjore, Allahabad, Jhelum and Poona. As a result, Strangways published The Music of Hindostan in 1914, containing transcriptions of his recordings, and of other musical examples.

  • Description

    Fox Strangways No.12

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