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ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL

The Role of Music and Allied Arts in Public Writings on Cultural Diversity: “People of Sri Lanka”

Gisa Jähnichen

ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL 6 (2020)
https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.6-7     pp: 93-100     2020-12-04

Stichworte/keywords: Sri Lanka, Ethnography, Music, Arts, Academic description

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Jähnichen, G. (2020). The Role of Music and Allied Arts in Public Writings on Cultural Diversity: “People of Sri Lanka”. ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL, 6 , 93-100. doi:10.30819/aemr.6-7
@article{Jähnichen_2020,
doi = {10.30819/aemr.6-7},
url = {https://doi.org/10.30819/aemr.6-7},
year = 2020,
publisher = {Logos Verlag Berlin},
volume = {6},
pages = {93-100},
author = {Gisa Jähnichen},
title = {The Role of Music and Allied Arts in Public Writings on Cultural Diversity: “People of Sri Lanka”},
journal = {ASIAN-EUROPEAN MUSIC RESEARCH JOURNAL}
}

Abstract
The Sri Lankan Ministry of National Coexistence, Dialogue, and Official Languages published the work “People of Sri Lanka” in 2017. In this comprehensive publication, 21 invited Sri Lankan scholars introduced 19 different people’s groups to public readers in English, mainly targeted at a growing number of foreign visitors in need of understanding the cultural diversity Sri Lanka has to offer. This paper will observe the presentation of these different groups of people, the role music and allied arts play in this context. Considering the non-scholarly design of the publication, a discussion of the role of music and allied arts has to be supplemented through additional analyses based on sources mentioned by the 21 participating scholars and their fragmented application of available knowledge. In result, this paper might help improve the way facts about groups of people, the way of grouping people, and the way of presenting these groupings are displayed to the world beyond South Asia. This fieldwork and literature guided investigation should also lead to suggestions for ethical principles in teaching and presenting of culturally different music practices within Sri Lanka, thus adding an example for other case studies.