Saturday, October 26, 2019
Nirdosh Shaunak was guest presenter on October 22 for students enrolled in Professor Damm’s World Music class. Nirdosh, a sitar player from India now living in Starkville, performed traditional Carnatic music and discussed music-cultures of India. Topics included Hinduism, oral tradition, improvisation, specific elements of karnatica sangeeta (e.g. alapana, drone, tala, raga), the gurukula system of apprenticeship, and women in Carnatic music and Indian society. It is especially valuable for students to hear the perspective of a culture-bearer when studying non-Western music-cultures and issues of race, ethnicity, class, gender, and age in the context of political, economic and/ or social structures. Also seen in the photo is Fox DeVaughn, senior guitar major, who took the opportunity to engage in hands-on experience with the sitar.