Music of India


UCLA Music of India Ensemble

Music of India

Course Information:
ETHNMUS 68F, 68G, 168F, and 168G

Abhiman Kaushal
Rahul Neuman

The Indian Music Ensembles focus on the performance of Indian classical music on the sitar and tabla. These are group classes where students begin learning the basic techniques of sitar while learning aspects of ragas, or music pieces. Ragas are melodies that unfold and develop, imparting a particular mood and array of feeling. Students will learn several parts a raga including alap, an improvised, unmetered section that introducing the piece, as well as gats, compositions set to rhythm cycles, or talas. The Music of India Ensemble performs short compositions of North Indian classical and semi-classical ragas (harmonic modes) and talas (rhythmic patterns on tabla). The ensemble is comprised of the students of Rahul Neuman on sitar (a long-necked lute with seven principal strings, plus 12-20 sympathetic strings) and the students of Abhiman Kaushal on tabla (drums).

For information about course enrollment, go to the CCLE course website or contact instructor Abhiman Kaushal or instructor Rahul Neuman.

Anna Morcom accepts post as the Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair in Indian Music
The UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music Department of Ethnomusicology is pleased to announce that Anna Morcom has accepted the department’s offer to be the next holder of the Mohindar Brar Sambhi Endowed Chair in Indian Music. Established in 2005, the Sambhi Chair supports the performance, study and teaching of the music of India in