Learning From a Guru
Learning about music in other cultures is necessary to understand our own music and enhance our musical knowledge. Thus, I believe that learning about the culture and ragas of South India is very intriguing and is an essential part of our first-year seminar. After reading David B. Reck’s India/South India (pp. 209-226), it was apparent that the music of South India is very expressive and soothing. Reck describes the musician as “both an interpretive artist and a creator”. (223) The concerts of South India are very informal and the music is a mixture of precomposed songs and improvisation. This is quite different than concerts in Western society. Familiarizing our class with Indian culture is a unique opportunity, and I am very eager to see the results.