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In village bhajan  sessions and urban concert halls, at daily pūjās and seasonal festivals, and at sacred sites and on long pilgrimages, a wide variety of music serves as vehicles for Hindu devotion. The power of music is a prominent theme in South Asian literature and folklore. The Kriyākālaguṇottara, for example, prescribes melodies played on consec…

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Matthew Rahaim, “Music”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 19 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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