New COST Courses with Visiting Professor Srinivas Reddy

 FALL 2017 

RELS/COST 0108:   Sound, Song and Salvation in South Asia

Sound, Song and Salvation in South Asia explores both the theoretical formulations and the performative expressions that constitute the inextricable nexus of sound, music and religious practice in South Asia. By investigating fundamental concepts such as nādarāga, bhakti and rasa, this course historicizes the ongoing discourse on the soteriological underpinnings of several genres of South Asian music from Vedic chanting to Hindustani and Carnatic music traditions.

M-W-F:  11 - 1:50 am



RELS/COST 0207:  Saints and Mystics of India

Saints and Mystics of India explores the rich variety of religious experience in India as expressed in the inspired poetic productions of several mystics through time. By critically listening to these powerful voices of the past, we will endeavor to understand how mystical poems from divergent Indian traditions exhibit multiple points of interaction, influence and convergence. Our investigation will draw on the spontaneous literary outpourings of several mystics including but not limited to: Nammalvar, Andal, Kabir, Mahadeviyakka, Nanak, Mira, Tukkaram, Caitanya, Ramakrishna and Ramana Maharshi.

T-TH:  9 - 10:50 am


Srinivas Reddy is a scholar, translator and musician. He trained in classical South Asian languages and literatures at Brown University and the University of California, Berkeley. His research interests incorporate translation studies, Vijayanagara history and classical Indian music theory and practice.  His publications include Krishnadevaraya’s Telugu epic Amuktamalyada: The Giver of the Worn Garland, Kalidasa’s play Malavikagnimitram: The Dancer and the King, and Kalidasa's classic Meghadutam: The Cloud Message. Srinivas is also a concert sitarist and has given numerous recitals around the world. He now lives in Rhode Island and teaches at Brown University.