Week 6 discussion
Choose one of the questions from the list below.
1) Reflect on the
question by writing a 2-3 paragraph response.
2) Include the
link to an educational website other than Wikipedia that helped you to form
your response, with a 2-3 sentence description of how this website enhanced
your learning for the week. Visit the UMUC Library “Evaluating Web Resources”
page to help you choose an educational website:
3) Select and add
an image to your post that reflects your learning, including the specific
reasons you chose the image.
4) Post your
written reflections, educational website and image in the Week 1 Discussion
5) Post a
substantive (at least one paragraph in length) response to at least 2
Please see the Discussion Grading Rubric, below, to learn
how to earn the full 4 points for the Discussion Assignment.
As a paragon of Indian classical music and the “Godfather of
World Music,” Ravi Shankar has influenced countless musicians around the world
on many levels. The artists discussed in this chapter are just a small (but
important) sampling of what might be described as Shankar’s “global gharana.”
Do an internet search of “Ravi Shankar” and use this search to locate musicians
who collaborated with him, who acknowledge his influence, or who otherwise are
identified in connection with him. Create an annotated list summarizing your findings.
Some of the songs in this chapter dealt with challenging
social and political issues from adultery and malice to war and cultural
resilence in the face of diversity. Identify and discuss some songs with which
you are familiar that do likewise. Have these songs affected ypour own thoughts
and views on issues they address?
Beyond the synthesis of many different Indian and Western
elements in his music, A. R. Rahman draws from a diversity of other musical
traditions of the world in his film scores and songs. Research Rahman and write
a brief report on his use of musical elements and influences from outside the
Indian and Western traditions.
In Indian films, it is generally assumed that playback
singers, rather than the on-screen actors and actresses themselves, are the
singers of songs in films. In Western films, contrastingly, there is often a
stigma attached to actors and actresses who are “exposed” for not having sung
their own songs in their films. Speculate on what might account for this
fundamental difference in cultural attitudes and values.
Since the time of the Beatles, the sounds of sitars and
other traditional Indian instruments (either the actual instruments or
digitally sampled versions) have become commonplace in much Western popular
music. Recordings of groups and artists ranging from the Rolling Stones to
Ricky Martin feature an "Indian" element. Locate and discuss examples
of such music using keyword searches on the Internet (e.g. search "Rolling
Stones AND sitar" or "Ricky Martin AND sitar.").
Search YouTube for video examples of gamelan and Indonesian
popular music. Write a brief report on your findings.
The history of the Balinese dance-drama Kecak provides an
interesting example of the kind of complex relationships between tradition and
modernity that define many world music traditions. Though it is promoted as a
"Traditional Balinese genre," it is, in fact, a product of the 20th
century intercultural innovation. Try to think of types of music with which you
are familiar that are marketed as "Traditional" and
"Authentic" despite being modern and contemporary in many if not most