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Echoes from Dharamsala: Music in the Life of a Tibetan Refugee Community

Keila Diehl


This book uses music to understand the experiences of Tibetans living in Dharamsala, a town in the Indian Himalayas that for more than forty years has been home to Tibet's government-in-exile. The Dalai Lama's presence lends Dharamsala's Tibetans a feeling of being “in place”, but at the same time they have physically and psychologically constructed Dharamsala as “not Tibet”, as a temporary resting place to which many are unable or unwilling to become attached. Not surprisingly, this community struggles with notions of home, displacement, ethnic identity, and assimilation. This ethnography exp ... More

Keywords: music, Tibetans, Dharamsala, Indian Himalayas, Tibet, government-in-exile, Dalai Lama, displacement, ethnic identity, assimilation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780520230439
Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012 DOI:10.1525/california/9780520230439.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Keila Diehl, author