Indian Devotional & Raga Singing

Singing, first of sixty-four traditional Indian arts, is an ancient system of yoga. Students learn to sing om; chants that consist of naming and manifesting god; svarasseven goddess tones, the notes from which all traditional scales are derived; and ragas, crystals of pure sound. We study sonic transformation, or the means of transforming consciousness and awareness using sound, such as Shabda Brahma (word is god), Nada Brahma (sound is god), etc. All students play the tambura, a stringed drone instrument. Cross-listed as TRA514.
Course Number: TRA114
Units: 3.0