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UMAIE T3618 Indian Art Music J Term 2010 12 29 09 to 1 23 10 Mark Harbold Lynn Hill Left Students with Dr Kausalya and veena maker Ideal Riverview Resort Thanjavur Indian Art Music Syllabus COURSE DESCRIPTION Indian Art and Music is an interdisciplinary study of India s art architecture and music in their religious classical folk and popular contexts It is also a third world immersion experience that seeks to provide an authentic Indian experience Madras Christian College our host in Chennai provides lectures and hands on sessions with renowned Indian scholars artists and musicians Topics include Indian music art architecture dance religion history and society and we will make music participate in traditional art forms practice yoga attend a Bollywood blockbuster and enjoy India s vegetarian friendly cuisine We will go to concerts and festivals featuring India s finest musicians joining 1 000 musicians at Tiruvaiyaru s famous Tyagaraja festival Other trips take us to Thanjavur s historic temple complex museums filled with iconic Chola bronze statues Mahabalipuram s Dance Festival a beach resort an artists colony a rural village and historic churches temples and mosques ancient and modern Experiential learning opportunities include helping plan a new recording studio at MCC and creating video documentation and a website for a foundation that teaches music to poor children in Tiruvaiyaru In Aurangabad we will see Hindu Jain and Buddhist art at the spectacular Ajanta and Ellora cave temples In Delhi we study north Indian art and music and Indian history from their ancient roots to the contemporary moment We will visit the National Museum the National Gallery of Modern Art India s oldest mosque India Gate a classical concert and the Gandhi Smriti Museum site of Gandhi s assassination with a trip to the Taj Mahal as a special highlight COURSE GOALS This course will help you to 1 Observe experience and explore India s diverse musical and artistic expressions including



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