From the Gurukul to the University: Challenges of teaching music in a new setting

Lakshmi Subramanian

(Prof. CSSSC, Kolkata)


Was a modern pedagogic project for classical music in the early 20th century incompatible with the assumptions of modernity? Were traditional practitioners reconciled to new conventions and expectations of music related education? What were the constraints and contradictions that marked the nationalist project on music education and how did these inter-sects with the ongoing debate on cultural reform and regeneration? This presentation addresses some of these questions while drawing from my work on music in twentieth century southern India