UMAIE Course Number: T3911
SAU Course Equivalency: +IS 210, Topics in International Studies (four credits)
Instructors: Dr Mark Harbold, Music, and Dr. Lynn Hill, Art, Elmhurst College, Illinois
Tentative Dates: December 27, 2012 - January 21, 2013. SAU Spring semester begins January 16.
Location: India (Chennai and New Delhi)
Price: To be determined. Price range will be within $6,000-$7,000.
Indian Art and Music is an interdisciplinary study of India's art, architecture, and music in their religious, classical, folk, and popular contexts. Madras Christian College, our host in Chennai, provides lectures and "hands-on" sessions with renowned Indian scholars, artists, and musicians. Students will make music, practice traditional art forms, learn yoga, and enjoy India's vegetarian-friendly cuisine. We will see concerts, a "Bollywood" movie, an artists' colony, Mahabalipuram's Dance Festival, and historic churches, temples, and mosques, ancient and modern. In Thanjavur and Madurai we will explore south Indian's most spectacular temple complexes, visit a traditional bronze workshop, and join 1,000 musicians at Tiruvaiyaru's revered Tyagaraja festival. Service-learning opportunities include a rural village visit and work with a foundation that teaches music to poor children. In Aurangabad we will see Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist art at the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora cave temples. In Delhi we study north Indian art, music, and history from their ancient roots to the contemporary moment. We will visit the National Museum, National Gallery of Modern Art, India's oldest mosque, India Gate, Mughalai restaurants, a classical concert, and the Gandhi Smriti Museum (site of Gandhi's assassination), with a trip to the Taj Mahal as a special highlight. These activities offer rich, profound experiences of India's art and music and the contexts in which they grew and still flourish. This is a true third-world immersion experience that seeks to provide an authentic Indian experience. Student accommodations will be safe but often simple. We cannot always guarantee access to hot showers, western style toilets, or toilet paper.
Priority Deadline: April 13, 2012
Complete the online study abroad application and submit a $500 application deposit to the Center for International Education (300 Ambrose Hall).
Applications will be accepted until October 1.
Students that apply after the April 13 Priority Deadline may find that their desired program is full.