I teach a music appreciation course Musical Traditions of India – an Introduction at Ahmedabad University. The course introduces the students to a wide range of musical genres from across India such as bhajans, bhakthi, classical, folk, ghazal to popular film music. In addition to Indian music the students learn about music from other traditions and their influence—both historical and current. The role of musical instruments and various languages in shaping distinctive regional identities even while creating a pan-Indian tradition through common themes is explored. The course encourages students to examine how music can be an agent for social and cultural change.
Here is a short introduction video that I share with my students at the beginning of each semester.
When I taught this course the first time we had amazing guest speakers come to my class. They covered an immense breadth of musical topics and imparted life lessons to my students most of whom are engineering majors. Do check out these blog posts about what the students learnt from these speakers who are well known practitoners in the field.
Recently I spoke to Ranjani Govind for The Critical Mirror about this course. To read the article click here.