How India's Middle Class Revived Its Classical Music
"The relationship the middle class had with north Indian classical music from the mid-19th century onward was hardly lacking in ambivalence. It was identified with the prostitutes' quarters, and with the bazaar, where its most accomplished practitioners were reportedly found. ... By the time the middle class began to show a grudging but genuine curiosity, it had become, by the new standards of 19th-century India, disreputable, and had to, in a sense, be Vedantaised."
The Guardian (UK) 09/21/12