This Sunday at 11pm on our In All Languages show, we shall explore the different musical landscapes of South India. We will start with the Kathakali, a form of popular opera characterized by its use of gigantic masks, in which we shall hear a full performance of the epic Ramayana. Then we will move on to Carnatic devotional vocal music, followed by Carnatic instrumental music, in particular the veena (a plucked string instrument) and the mridangam (a long drum). We will end with a piece that explores the intersection between North and South Indian music.
This week's program features music from the various folk traditions of Europe, Asia and Ocenia with a lingering focus on Ireland and Siberia. We explored the cultural characteristics of those regions as well as the potential similarities in their folkoric repertoire through popular songs in their original or transformed versions, as well as instrumental pieces.