Hindu Devotional Music and Chant

Hindu Culture

Devotional music and chanting practices have been a crucial part of ancient Indian cultures and are still a vital part of Hindu culture today. Chant and music are interwoven throughout Hinduism, and are an indispensable feature of modern Hindu life.

This Hindu Devotional Music and Chant course will introduce you to the theoretical and practical aspects of Hindu music and chant within the culture and its impact on the Hindu religion. This course encourages the study and analysis of main sources of music and chant, including theories related to the practices of sacred sound. Each session contains practical details involved in understanding the proper execution of Hindu chant and music, as well as listening examples via audio files. Musical training is not required to participate in this course.

Students are encouraged to participate in sampling and comparing different audio examples and study the origins, theological concepts, and ritual associations related to Hindu devotional music and chant. This course is a unique and engaging experience, providing a specialist insight into the importance of traditional music and chant within Hindu culture and religion and how it has evolved over time.

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Start Date: 17 July 2022

Course Duration: Seven Weeks

Optional Assessment: Essay

Tutor: Prof. Guy Beck

Course Creator: Prof. Guy Beck

111 pages

8hr 38min

Five Zoom sessions on various topics. Meet tutors and students from other courses and explore other areas of Hindu studies. Recordings available.

Pathway(s): Hindu Culture