December 2010 Archives

South Asia Courses -- Spring 2011

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Below is a list courses on South Asia offered for the Spring Semester, 2011. They are arranged by level.


South Asia Courses


Art of India (ARTH 3014, ALL 3014, RELS 3415): Rick Asher

Contemporary Indian Dance 2 (DNCE 3312): Ananya Chatterjea

Culture and Society of India (ANTH 3023, GLOS 3961 section 001, ALL 3676 section 001): Gloria Goodwin Raheja

Topics: Indian Feminisms in Global Context (ALL 3900 section 002, GLOS 3900 section 002, GWSS 3490 section 001): Simona Sawhney

Formation of Indian Art: 400 to 1300 (ArtH 5776): Rick Asher


South Asian Languages


Beginning Hindi and Urdu (HNUR 1102, 4002): Ravi Prasad

Intermediate Hindi and Urdu (HNUR 3102, 4004): Ravi Prasad

Hindi-Urdu Language Teaching Tutorial (HNUR 3290): Ravi Prasad

Advanced Hindi (HNDI 4162): Ravi Prasad


Selected New Titles in Ames Library - December 2010

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Below you can read a list of selected new titles added to the Ames Library of South Asia in November 2010. Or click here to download a copy.

Friday Lecture: Gesture in Indian Vocal Music

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Gesture in Indian Vocal Music

by Matt Rahaim

Friday, December 3
Ferguson Hall, Room 280
3:30 pm
Free and open to the public.

Observers of Indian classical music have long commented on the extensive, ubiquitous, near-constant gestural performance of Indian vocalists. Twentieth-century music critics have usually dismissed the gestures of musicians as extra-musical theatrics. In actuality, however, this disciplined motion embodies a special kind of musical knowledge, one that implicitly theorizes melody as motion, that constructs melodic objects, and that is transmitted tacitly through vocal lineages. The transmission of this knowledge through gesture results in lineages of vocalists who not only sound similar, but who engage with music kinesthetically according to similar melodic models and ethical ideals. On the other hand, the musicking body of any individual singer is idiosyncratic and personal, and embodies a musical ethos through both conscious choice and unconscious inheritance. This talk will explore the implications of gestural performance for melodic theory, pedagogy, and theories of the musicking body.

Matt Rahaim is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology at UMN. He is a scholar and longtime student of Hindustani vocal music.

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