Music of India

Thursday, October 18, 2018


Nirdosh Shaunak visited students enrolled in World Music class to play the sitar and to talk about the music and culture of India.

She spoke about Hinduism and explained concepts of Carnatic music such as drone, swara, alapna, raga and tala.

She also discussed many aspects of Indian culture including how gurus pass down knowledge to their disciples and the role of women in society.

She gave information about the history, construction, and performance practices of the sitar and played a piece for the class. 

The World Music class, taught by music professor Robert Damm, is a survey of the non-Western musics and music cultures of the world which serves as an introduction to ethnomusicology, the study of music in the context of culture.

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