Music of India Ensemble

Director: [[mgkatz, Max Katz]]
About: We explore North Indian classical music through a hands-on study of its premiere stringed instrument, the sitar.
Membership: Contact the director for information

About the Music of India Ensemble

The William & Mary Music of India Ensemble was established in fall of 2011 to provide students a personal experience of North Indian classical music through a hands-on study of its premiere stringed instrument, the sitar. Up to eight students participate in the 1-credit course, which is offered every semester (listed as MUSC E23). Learning entirely orally/aurally, each semester the class focuses on a specific raga (or melodic entity), crafting and memorizing a sequence of semi-improvised developmental sections. The semester culminates with a public performance of the suite-like piece with a guest tabla accompanist (percussionist). The ensemble regularly hosts visiting artists who offer instruction as well as public performances. Guest artists have included Paul Livingstone (sitar), Homnath Upadhyaya (tabla), and Irfan Khan (sarod).

{{youtube:medium|wVyuZAYQxqM, The Music of India Ensemble benefits from the teaching of master musician Irfan Khan during in 2017.}}