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A lot has been said about appropriation in the wake of the controversy over #TMKrishna's wanton provocation. One middle path favoured is that it should be okay if there are separate and new Christian or Muslim devotional material in Karnatic, not plagiarised ones @NamasteNiHao
That has riled a few feathers too, of many who believe Karnatic music shouldn't even be used, let alone as separate songs. The problem is it only gives the "art is universal" liberal brigade the perfect excuse to scream "Brahminical patriarchal exclusivity" and shift goalposts
The first question: Who is the arbiter of what is Karnatic and what isn't? Purandaradasa devised the basic structure and the teaching format, and Ariyakkudi Ramanuja Iyengar the sabha convert format. But beyond that? Where does one draw the line?
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