Map Of North India – Musical Learning Moments?

This is area of India that I’ll spend most of March in. The region is rich in diverse styles of Indian music. After Saturday’s live broadcast, I launch for Udaipur. As time permits, I’ll post here pictures, video and ‘learning moments’ along the way. –Jonathan


This week my prepatory study includes viewing the DVD “Raga Unveiled”  India’s Voice – the history and essence of North Indian classical music.  Distributed by Gita Desal, 2009

“India, unlike any other country in the world, boasts of cradling an art music that has been sifted and refined over 4000 years. With the even flow of evolution and an unshakeable support of theory, raga music is at once vibrant, mesmeric and sublime to this day. At its core is an ambition to profoundly change the performer and the listener at the deepest level. Nothing more nothing less! Raga Unveiled is a most inspiring and sweeping look at the entire architectural brilliance of a musical system that gave birth to this most wonderful and profound musical art form. For the first time on film, eloquent commentaries by musicians, Vedic scholars, and musicologists join hands with spectacular cinematography, intoxicating spectrums of sound, and rare archival footage resulting in a grand synthesis to honor this music in its entirety. Raga Unveiled inspires, moves and transports one to a place that you never imagined existed. It is a spiritual engagement second to none.”  -DVD liner notes

Here is my developing list of desired experiences  2.22.17:
-Understanding raga and tala
-encounter with Bollywood
-deeper understanding of Hinduism
-seeking any transformative interactions related to the expression of Indian music
-discovering artists of note, past and present
-creating informed acquaintance with the genres
-what to put in and what to leave out of a presentation on the excursion
-musical practices, structures, systems, rhythm, melody
-experiencing a full performance (khyal)
-experiencing the more obscure genres of north Indian music
-recommended recordings

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