Human and social sciences
The book takes readers through the polycentric world of the pre-colonial period in AfroAsia, which involved systems, processes and interactions that were interconnected through long-distance trade, slavery and migration. It was also punctuated by the movement of symbolic forms like music that were in deep interaction with local and regional contexts. Music and musicality are primary entry points into uncovering the connections. The book weaves the story through a description of the travels of a fictional character, Garai, who traverses the AfroAsian world in different periods. The historical and theoretical consequences of the research are discussed. Different categories of music and associated communities of performers are identified and described.
Sumangala Damodaran taught at Ambedkar University Delhi. She works in the areas of development studies and popular music studies. She is also a musician and composer who has archived and written about Indian resistance music traditions.
Ari Sitas is a poet, dramatist and sociologist, and a recipient of the Order of Mapungubwe for his scientific and creative work. He is Emeritus Professor at the University of Cape Town and Gutenberg Chair at the University of Strasbourg.