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Hindu Musical Traditions – A Historical Perspective

This Course is the second in the 3-Course Sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical Traditions (Shastriya Sangeet traditions) are ancient and diverse.  This course takes students on a guided tour of the history of Indian music, from the Sama Vedic chants and the musical distinctions of the Natyasastra of Bharata muni and the Silappathikaram. It leads students through the Bhakti movement of the 1st millennium and theevolution of Karnatic music and then through the evolution of texts such as the Sangita Ratnakara and the Chaturdandi Prakasika in the 2nd millennium. It then explores the impact of Islamic and  Arab/Persian traditions on Indian music and the response of the Bhakti movement of the 2nd millennium  With a combination of lecture/discussions, reading assignments and guided listening experiences, the course provides a nuanced understanding of the evolution of Indian music and the contemporary state of music in India and amongst the diaspora.

$300.00

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Course Code: TAT 3102

Credit Hours: 1

Course Level: 300

$300.00

This Course is the second in the 3-Course Sequence in the Hindu Musical Traditions – Shastriya Sangeet. Hindu Musical Traditions (Shastriya Sangeet traditions) are ancient and diverse.  This course takes students on a guided tour of the history of Indian music, from the Sama Vedic chants and the musical distinctions of the Natyasastra of Bharata muni and the Silappathikaram. It leads students through the Bhakti movement of the 1st millennium and theevolution of Karnatic music and then through the evolution of texts such as the Sangita Ratnakara and the Chaturdandi Prakasika in the 2nd millennium. It then explores the impact of Islamic and  Arab/Persian traditions on Indian music and the response of the Bhakti movement of the 2nd millennium  With a combination of lecture/discussions, reading assignments and guided listening experiences, the course provides a nuanced understanding of the evolution of Indian music and the contemporary state of music in India and amongst the diaspora.

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Course Content:

While Indian music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions stand out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality with a history of over two millennia.  Our goals are:

  1. To provide a guided overview of the history and evolution of Indian music
  2. To provide an overview of the history of composers, sages, saints, emperors and luminaries who have contributed to the evolution of music.

Course Learning Objectives:

After completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  1. Discuss names and works of musicologists and musical luminaries
  2. Comprehend the contribution of ancient treatises (in Sanskrit and Tamil) such as the Natya Sastra of Bharata, the Silappathikaram of Illango Adigal and the Sangita Ratnakara of Sarangdev, the Chaturdandi Prakasika of Venkatamakhi and modern works such as the Sangita Sampradaya Pradarsini of Subbarama Dikshitar and the work of Pandit Bhatkhande.
  3. Obtain a brief understanding of the Western world’s study and outlook on Indian music.
  4. Discuss the contribution of the Bhakti movement and the Hindu Saints of Tamilnadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra and Bengal  to Indian Art Music.
  5. Discuss the contribution of Vaggeyakaras and the sacred geography of India to Art music.
  6. Discucss the impact of Islamic and Persian traditions on Indian music
  7. Discuss the contribution of the Devadasi tradition to Indian Art
  8. Discuss issues facing contemporary Indian music

Class Structure

There will be a minimum of 1 contact hour every week. The class is structured in a way that promotes discussion and debate based on listening experiences and reading material. 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 two short essays. They need not be academic quality papers – but should be based on students’ self-reflection on what they have learned and assimilated so far.

Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study and must have completed TAT 3101 – Indian and Western Music Traditions – A Comparative Study

Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran

Required / Elective: Elective

Start Date: TBD

End Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Day:  TBD

Quarter Offered: Winter 2020

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