Department of Religious Studies

Visiting Assistant Professor Srinivas Reddy wins Fulbright Fellowship

Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious Studies and Contemplative Studies, Srinivas Reddy wins prestigious Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research in India next year.

His project titled "Transcribing Traditional Indian Music for Modern Educational Spaces: Historicizing Trends in Hindustani Raga Music Notation and Pedagogy" was supported by the Brown University Music Department and will be based at IITGN, the Indian Institute of Technology Gandhinagar in Gujarat.

His project seeks to explore how the traditional oral repertoires of raga music were transcribed into written manuals for general instruction in late colonial India. Early texts like Maula Bakhsh’s Sangitanubhav (1888), Hazrat Inayat Khan’s Minqar-i-Musiqar (1912) and V. N. Bhatkhande’s Hindusthani Sangeet Padhdhati (1910-32) all enshrined traditional raga music compositions in fixed and printed notational forms. Srini plans to revisit this rich archive of educational materials with the critical ear of a practicing musician and a modern-day raga music educator.