Abstract

Abstract:

This article discusses the concept of resilience within the context of Singaporean uṟumi mēḷam groups. I begin by providing a brief historical background about the construction of social and official religious identities. I then investigate how the tension between practiced and prescribed identities forced Singaporean uṟumi mēḷam groups to be resilient. Finally, I examine how the transnational uṟumi mēḷam network has inspired Singaporean uṟumi mēḷam musicians to adopt strategies to sustain their musical tradition. By examining these strategies and their outcomes, I maintain that Singaporean uṟumi mēḷam groups have been able to refashion themselves in the image of popular culture icons.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1553-5630
Print ISSN
0044-9202
Pages
pp. 105-138
Launched on MUSE
2020-06-23
Open Access
No
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