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Global Music Experience: South Asia

The Global Music Experience at DePauw provides year-round programming focused on musical traditions from different cultures. Each year, DePauw students, faculty, and staff delve into the culture and artistry of a different country or area of the world, exploring that region’s musics through lectures, experiential learning opportunities, concerts, and other connected events. We host renowned experts to perform music and dance, share their scholarships, and teach a wide range of students about their musical traditions. The GME welcomes all members of the DePauw community, regardless of area of study, and involves collaborators across campus. 

Schedule of Events

Man beside a riverDr. Matt Rahaim 

Wednesday, Sep. 28, Student Convocation Hour 10:20 am - 11:20 am: Voices of South Asia

Wednesday, Sep. 28, 6:30 pm Instrumental Workshop, 7:30 pm Vocal Workshop at Thompson Recital Hall

Matthew Rahaim is Professor of Ethnomusicology in the Creative Studies division of the University of Minnesota School of Music. He is a Hindustani vocalist in the Gwalior tradition (disciple of Laxman Krishnarao Pandit), an improvising analog synthesist, and a composer of conceptual performance pieces. Matthew is the author of Ways of Voice: Vocal Striving and Moral Contestation in North India and Beyond (2021) and Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music (2012). Recent essays include "Object, Person, Machine, or What: Practical Ontologies of Voice" (2019) and "Not Just One, Not Just Now: Voices in Relation" (2021.) 

Dr. Vivek Virani

Wednesday, Oct. 26, Student Convocation Hour 10:20 am - 11:20 am: Lecture/Performance 

Dr. Vivek Virani is Assistant Professor of Ethnomusicology and Music Theory at the University of North Texas College of Music. His research explores connections between music and spirituality in diverse religious and cultural traditions, with a particular focus on religious music's role in the constructions of community, nation, and self. His current book project, Songs of the Unknowable Country, explores how songs of Kabir and other mystic poet-saints performed by folk musicians are used to negotiate issues of culture, religion, and nation in India and abroad. (pictured above)

Sandeep Das and The HUM Ensemble

Friday, April 7 at 7:30 pm Communiversity - Indian Music, Film, and Dessert (if you have a better name, you are welcome to change)

Saturday, April 8 at 7:30 pm Evening Concert at Kresge Auditorium

Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 pm Percussion Clinic/workshop (location TBD)

Founded by Sandeep Das in 2010, the HUM Ensemble is dedicated to promoting global understanding and transcending borders through the power of music. The HUM Ensemble’s debut concert took place in New Delhi and by popular demand it continued performing throughout India in major cities such as Mumbai, Kolkata, and Chennai. The ensemble has since expanded to a global scale, performing at venues like the Europalia Festival in Brussels, Cal Performances in Berkeley, California, and other venues throughout the US, in addition to regular invitations for residencies and masterclasses at major universities.

HUM is additionally a nonprofit organization in India, and has sponsored the musical education of nine visually-impaired children through the HUM-Lanxess National Scholarship.


Dancing WomanThe Courtyard Dancers (Pallabi Chakravorti, dance lecturer, and Aqeel Bhatti, tabla musician)

Wednesday, April 12, Student Convocation Hour 10:20 am - 11:20 am

Wednesday, April 12, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm: Dance workshop

Previous Global Music Experiences

Man onstage with Chinese sheet music projected behind himTo celebrate and learn about Chinese music, in 2021-2022, we welcomed three renowned expert artist-teachers to campus for a series of participatory events and concerts. Po-Wei Weng (pictured), an ethnomusicologist, performer, and expert on Peking Opera, visited DePauw twice, presenting lectures, workshops, and classroom visits that reached all School of Music students. He worked with the Music for the Stage class as they developed and performed a contemporary American adaptation of the Peking Opera tradition. The virtuoso musicians Gao Hong, pipa, and Issam Rafea, oud performed an improvisatory recital together and shared their art with students in a number of classroom visits.