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Join the author, Dr Radha Kapuria (Durham, History), in conversation with Prof Laura Leante (Durham, Music), Dr Maryam Mirza (Durham, English Studies), and Dr Christopher Bahl (Durham, History).

Music in Colonial Punjab: Courtesans, Bards, and Connoisseurs offers the first social history of music in undivided Punjab (1800-1947).

It illuminates the power of Punjab's female performers, the rise of new musical publics shaped by Anglicized middle classes, and British colonialists' response to Punjab's performing communities. 

The book reveals a diverse connoisseurship for music with insights from history, ethnomusicology, and geography on an activity that still unites a region today divided between India and Pakistan.