Music of India

Closeup photo of performance on the tabla, a pair of small single-headed hand drums.

The tabla, a pair of single-headed drums, is used in many styles of Indian music. (Photo courtesy of Jean-Pierre Dalbéra.)


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Spring 2007



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This course focuses on Hindustani classical music of North India, and also involves learning about the ancient foundations of the rich classical traditions of music and dance of all Indian art and culture. Students explore the practice the ragas and talas through learning songs, dance, and drumming compositions, and develop insights through listening, readings, and concert attendance.

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George Ruckert. 21M.291 Music of India. Spring 2007. Massachusetts Institute of Technology: MIT OpenCourseWare, License: Creative Commons BY-NC-SA.

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