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Department of Music

Music In The Cultures Of South Asia

Course Code:
Course Withdrawn
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An introduction to the urban and rural musics of South Asia. and to those who make the music, in their cultural context. Topics may include: “tribal” music, participatory and non-participatory village music, caste musicians of Rajasthan and elsewhere, Bauls and other religious musicians, urban ritual music of the Kathmandu Valley, social organization of classical musicians, women musicians etc. (Taught in alternate years, alternating with Indian Classical Music).

Objectives and learning outcomes of the course

The student will become familiar with a variety of South Asian musical traditions, and with the issues concerning the role of music and musicians in South Asian culture and society. 


Two hours per week

Method of assessment

One Exam (60%), Two pieces of coursework (10% each)