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Publication Date

Winter 2018

Journal / Book Title

TDR: The Drama Review


The imbrication of issues of nation, class, gender, and religion necessitates a critical revision of the so-called secular postcolonial modernity embraced by Indian nationalists, including musicologists. The life and struggle of Roshan Ara Begum—Pakistan's first and, to date, arguably greatest singer of classical music—is an instructive example of the complex intertwining of agency, resistance, and resignation in Muslim-identified Pakistan and Hindu-identified India.

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Published Citation

Afzal-Khan, Fawzia. "Roshan Ara Begum: Performing Classical Music, Gender, and Muslim Nationalism in Pakistan." TDR: The Drama Review, vol. 62 no. 4, 2018, p. 8-22. Project MUSE