Queen's University

Ethnomusicology: South Asian Popular Music [MUSC 486]

MUSC 486/3.0 Area Studies in Ethnomusicology

South Asian Popular Music (Fall 2019)

This enthusing new course involves an intense investigation of popular music in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka studying film music, folk music, orality, hybrid musical productions, and the influences of “Bollywood” music in South Asia.

The course invites critical lenses in constructing and deconstructing identities, regionalism, and consumer culture. Participants of the course have the scope to navigate through the lanes of popular culture that shape the societal dynamics in South Asia. The course offers diverse and exciting popular music that operate within unpredictable and interesting dimensions in South Asia. Class activities and assessment include reading, discussions, participatory sessions, and term project participants can design around their interest. Please e-mail the instructor golam.rabbani@queensu.ca for more information on this course.

Instructor: Golam Rabbani, Teaching Fellow


PREREQUISITE (Level 3 or above and [MUSC 103/3.0 or MUSC 289/3.0]) or permission of the School.