Appreciating Bhakti Music – Sangeetha Bhava Bodhini

Course Description:

In the Hindu spiritual traditions, Bhakti is considered to be one of the main paths of Yoga, with Shri Krishna allocating the entire chapter XII of the Bhagavad Gita to the subject of Bhakti Yoga. One of the ways Bhakti manifests within the Hindu world, is through the traditions of Bhakti Sangeetha i.e., devotional music. This course will introduce students to an immersive exploration of the world of Bhakti Music, across multiple Indian languages, by focusing on the language, lyrics and meaning of the bhakti compositions from various genres, and their musical depth and range, while deeply enhancing the joy of appreciating Indian music.

Course content:

The course will delve into the musical, lyrical and philosophical import of some of the most invaluable musical pieces in different languages including Sanskrit, Hindi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, and Kannada by some of the great Indian composers of Bhakti Music.

Course Audience:

This course is aimed at listeners of classical/ bhakti music, practitioners of Indian dance forms across all ages and backgrounds, and all those who wish to enhance their knowledge and skill in the musical traditions of India.

Course Learning Objectives:
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
1. Appreciate and relish the meanings and context of the Bhakti compositions
2. Explore the emotions and the mind of the great, revered composers of Bhakti Music
3. Comprehend the nuances of Sahitya in different languages
4. Internalize the mood and feel of the songs, especially for dancers
5. Enhance one’s ability to appreciate Classical Indian music – and its Bhakti Yoga dimension

Class Structure:

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour with one or more faculty every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion based on self-study and reflection each week, as well as enhancing one’s ability to listen, appreciate as well as sing. While the content being discussed in each class will be concluded within 60 minutes, the discussion time will be free format, and can continue for an additional 30 minutes maximum. During the course, students will be required to submit one short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learnt and assimilated so far.

Required / Elective: Elective

Prerequisites: – Admission into a program of study

Faculty / InstructorSmt. Aishwarya Srinivas

Time: 09:00 pm EST – 10:30 pm EST

Day: Wednesday

Start Date: January 19, 2022

End Date: March 23, 2022

Quarter Offered: Winter 2022