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date: 29 May 2020

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This article examines the place and meaning of music in the lives of two young men, Pappu (b. 1986) and Imran (b. 1994), living with their family in Northern India. The study is based on ethnographic research in the world of Indian wedding bands and bandsmen, which began in 1988. It shows professional musicianship and an engagement in this music trade has negative implications for children in this community. Although the boys have grown up in an intensely musical environment and have inherited a level of respect and enjoyment for classical and light classical music from their father, they are coming to the realization that music is an economically uncertain source of income.

Keywords: youth, northern India, Indian, wedding bands, bandsmen, music, musical engagement

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