While Indian music traditions are diverse, the core of the various traditions stands out as unique with their emphasis on ‘the raga’ and ‘the tala’ and a core of commonality that is rooted in spirituality. In this course, our goal is to provide a nuanced understanding of ragas, talas, and compositional forms in Karnatic and Hindustani music traditions.
This course will also look the enduring influence of Ragas on contemporary and film music and provide students with practical illustrations on pattern identification and appreciation
Course Learning Objectives:
The student should be able to:
- Obtain a basic understanding of the framework of Ragas and the Indian melodic framework and Talas and the cyclical nature of time
- Discuss the Melakarta Raga System of Karnatic Music and the That System of Hindustani music.
- Experientially understand the feel of ragas in Hindustani and Karnatic music.
- Experientially understand the feel of talas in Hindustani and Karnatic music
- Clearly distinguish between the Karnatic, Khyal, Dhrupad traditions.
- Clearly articulate the similarities and differences between the Kriti, the Khyal, and the Dhrupad
- Obtain a brief understanding of the Western world’s study and outlook on Indian music.
- Discuss issues facing contemporary Indian music
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 complete one examination and submit one short essay.
Prerequisites: Enrollment into a Program of study
Faculty / Instructor: Dr. Kanniks Kannikeswaran
Required / Elective: Elective
Start Date: January 17, 2023
End Date: March 28, 2023
Time: 08:00 pm EST – 09:30 pm EST
Day: Every Tuesday
Quarter Offered: Winter 2023