Indian Music: Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Rights

20 Pages Posted: 3 May 2023

Date Written: April 23, 2023


This essay on copyright and creativity discusses cultures of musical borrowing in the realm of Indian music from ancient times to the present day, and examines the effect of the introduction of colonial copyright law in India. It posits that the Western paradigm on which contemporary copyright law is based cannot be easily integrated with Indian musical practices, and argues for the decolonisation of the law.

Keywords: Copyright, Music, Law, India

JEL Classification: K19,K39,K30,K11

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Saikia, Nandita, Indian Music: Ancient Traditions, Contemporary Rights (April 23, 2023). Available at SSRN: or

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