Back in April 2012, I saw Berklee Contemporary Indian Ensemble for the first time at The Loft in their semesterly recital. Fascinated by the performance and positive energy that they projected, I auditioned for the ensemble and got in. I sang with the ensemble for two semesters, both in the hugely successful recital in David Friend Recital Hall and the huge concert at Berklee Performance Center, where we collaborated with Ms. Rekha Menon’s Indian Classical Dance class.
I have always been fascinated by the different colors of this world. Being a tiny fraction of many cultures that I have never seen before, I have always dreamed to explore the undiscovered and experience the new. That was the reason why I signed up for Global Studies minor at Berklee College of Music: it was my chance to learn more about this world from musicians’ perspective. One of the requirements for the minor happens to be an Art History class. Without doubt, I chose Indian Art, Music, and Culture class because I had been intrigued by Indian culture after participating in the ensemble for 2 semesters.
Saying that the class is easy would be a lie. LAHS-P230 is probably one of the most challenging classes I have ever taken at Berklee. Despite the fact that the general guidelines of the history are easily understandable, the amount of details that were presented in the class are somewhat overwhelming. Moreover, the topics in this class are presented in rigorous and quick-paced manner, ranging from the studies of Indian art aesthetics (music, paintings, architecture) to the history of India itself (religion, colonization, globalization, and more).
Nevertheless, I must admit that I enjoy going through the challenges one by one. After all, Ms. Menon worked hard to give us experience that were supportive towards our academic development and experience in the class. This included the two clinics that she did with two different musicians, both representing Carnatic and Hindustani music, as well as the Museum of Fine Arts visit that we did in October....