Thursday, August 22, 2013

Unique 1 Credit Course Inside the College of Arts and Sciences: Introduction to Indian Classical Music

I am very pleased to formally announce that Dhar India Studies will be hosting the renowned sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, and his son Ayaan Ali Khan, during the week of September 23-27.  Khan Sahib will be conducting a one-credit, intensive course on the fundamentals of Indian classical music during that week.  The course has limited enrollment and contains both undergraduate and graduate sections.  Please find details just below.  I would very much appreciate you helping to spread the word on this, and bring the course to the attention of your own students and any others that you think might have an interest.  There is also a promotional poster attached.

INST I-330 (34944) 1 cr.
INST I-530 (34948) 1 cr.
September 23-27, 2013, 4:15 to 6:45pm
India House, 825 E. 8th St

No prerequisites or previous knowledge required.

Course Description:  This intensive one-week introduction to Indian classical music will be taught by the world-renowned sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan, together with his son Ayaan Ali Khan. The course will be highly interactive in nature, and students will learn the fundamental concepts of Indian classical music through time- honored traditional methods. Topics will include the forms of raga (melodic modes) and taal (rhythmic patterns) and how the practice of composition continually helps to preserve both tradition and musical technique. Here classical Indian music will be taught fundamentally as a way of life that is still relevant to the modern world. Students need not have any prior musical training, although those with expertise in any instrument may bring that instrument to class with them.

Best wishes,


Michael S. Dodson
Director, Dhar India Studies Program
Director, History Undergraduate Honors Program
Associate Professor of South Asian History
Indiana University Bloomington