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A Passage to India - A North Indian Classical Music Primer

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A Passage to India - A North Indian Classical Music Primer

<p>In the 1960’s North Indian Classical (Hindustani) music underwent a surge of popularity in the west, particularly with the influence of Ravi Shankar over the Beatles and other popular groups of the

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In the 1960’s North Indian Classical (Hindustani) music underwent a surge of popularity in the west, particularly with the influence of Ravi Shankar over the Beatles and other popular groups of the time. Hindustani music, however, has a colourful history that goes back millennia. Discover the rich tradition and evolution of raga (melodic structure) from its roots in Vedic chants. Learn to understand the basic rhythmic structure and follow the different stages of a Hindustani music performance. Listen to recordings of a variety of instruments as played by some of India’s greatest instrumental and vocal artists. Each student will receive a sampler CD.


SUGGESTED READING

  • Boer, J. (Ed.). (1999). The Raga Guide. Nimbus Records.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • History- Indus Valley Civilisation, Vedic period, Old musicological works, Evolution of raga, outside influences, modern period.
  • Raga (melody) – Definition and explanation of concepts: Swara, Sur, Shruti, Thaat, Alankars (ornamentations), Time theory. Description and examples of different ragas, listening to recorded examples.
  • Tala (rhythm) – Explanation of concepts: Laya, Theka, Sam, Tihai. Listening to recorded examples. Interactive exercises involving counting and clapping using different rhythmic cycles.
  • Instruments – description, photos and sound bites, historical background.
  • Vocal / Instrumental Genres – Explanation of Khayal, Thumri, Dhrupad, Gharanas. Recorded examples.
  • Performance – Explanation of stages of a vocal/instrumental performance – explanation of Alap, Jor, Jhala, Gat, Taans. Live demonstration and listening to recordings.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Clap and recite basic tabla rhythms
  2. Recognise some different raga structures (ascending/descending scale patterns)
  3. Have a basic recognition of different stages of instrumental/vocal performance.
  4. Identify the sound of different instruments.
  5. Develop a wider awareness of various artists