Understanding the Fundamentals of Indian Classical Music

Fundamentals of Indian Classical Music offers a general introduction to the theory of rāga and tāla, the core musical concepts that underlie all Indian classical music. Drawing primarily from the Hindustani tradition, this course will explore the definition, historical development, complexity and creative realization of both rāga and tāla. By using musical excerpts, live demonstration and interactive exercises, we will also explore the improvisatory nature of Indian music and how these techniques can be incorporated into one’s own creativity.

Srinivas Reddy is a disciple of Sri Partha Chatterjee, a direct disciple of the late sitar maestro Pandit Nikhil Banerjee. Srinivas is a professional concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals in the US, India and Europe. He has three albums to his credit: GITA (1999), Sitar & Tabla (2001) and Hemant & Jog (2008). In 2011 Srinivas graduated from UC Berkeley with a PhD in South and Southeast Asian Studies. Under the guidance of Professor George Hart he studied Sanskrit, Tamil and Telugu literary traditions. His translation of the work entitled Giver of the Worn Garland was published by Penguin Books in 2010.

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