Montag, 29. Juni 2015, 17:15 - 18:45 iCal

Towards a ‘Scientific’ History of Music

Understanding Music Discourse in Southern India

Seminarraum 1 des Instituts für Südasien-, Tibet- und Buddhismuskunde
Spitalgasse 2, Hof 2.7, 1090 Wien


Ein Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Lakshmi Subramanian (Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta)


This talk will address two things: one, the challenges that histories of music have involved for the professional discipline of history, and two, the scientific imperative that music histories were guided by in twentieth century India. It will especially focus on the roles assumed by scientists in developing a methodology for teaching and appreciation that was meant to enable an objective understanding of art practice rather than simply frame it within a template of subjective experience. C.Subrahmanya Ayyar, the brother of C.V.Raman, was particularly active in this direction and came up with fascinating attempts to look at music in terms of the physics of sound.

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