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Visiting lecturer brings the sounds of India to Hope

Anil Srinivasan Monday 22 February 2016

The music of India was brought to life for Hope students through the teachings of Visiting Lecturer in Comparative Musicology Dr Anil Srinivasan.

Through a partnership with Indian arts charity Milapfest, Dr Srinivasan was invited to share insights into the genre with BA Music students across all levels.  

As well as learning about the cultural roots of Indian music, students were tasked with composing and arranging pieces with Indian motifs and ideas.

Dr Srinivasan, who is a classically trained pianist, described the opportunity to work with young people as a key reason he was eager to come to Hope.

He said: “Enabling young minds is very inspiring and any opportunity to do so is a great one. I was a little nervous about the first year students, as they are so fresh and may not have come across this style of music before. I was aware my teachings would likely influence their outlook on the culture.

“For many, I think the course was a real eye opener and pushed them out of their comfort zone, but it was really fun and I particularly enjoyed working with such a spirited bunch. I hope they will be tempted to try out more, once they understand idioms and compositions.”

Read more about Dr Srinivasan’s time at Hope in a recent article he wrote for India’s national newspaper The Hindu.

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