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MUSA 2304 Musics of India (Spring: 3 )


Course Description

This course will introduce students to the rich and varied musical arts of India. Students will delve into the ubiquitous songs of Bollywood and Tamil film, karṇāṭak and hindustānī art musics, temple musics, as well as the music (and dance) of bharatanatyam, bhangra, and other regional genres. Lectures will focus on situating Indian musics in their cultural and historic contexts while exploring issues of identity formation, regional and transnational movements, and the changing meanings of music and the arts in India. Students will also study performance practices––including basic exercises for South Indian melody (rāga), rhythm (tāḷa), and dance––which will provide engaged (and embodied) learning supplements to the lectures. There are no academic or music-skills prerequisites for this course.


Schedule: Periodically

Instructor(s): Douglass Dineen

Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 12-Oct-16