Week 10 – Bhangra workshop! (10.27.2016)

I'm so excited that our very own Masoom Chainani, captain of Cornell bhangra, will lead us in a bhangra dance workshop on Thursday! A few reminders: We will meet downstairs in Lincoln Hall in room B20. Please wear clothes that you can move in! Reading: This is a pinch of background reading and viewing on bhangra "Bhangra" - http://www.oxfordmusiconline.com/subscriber/article/grove/music/47339?q=bhangra&search=quick&pos=1&_start=1#firsthit  Listening: This playlist contains bhangra song-and-dances from Hindi films over the last fifty years. At a minimum, watch the first three songs, listening for the quintessential beat and sounds of bhangra: "Rang de Basanti," Rang de Basanti (2004) Cornell Bhangra at Bhangra Blowout 2015 (can you...
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Essay 2 (Due 11.5.2016)

  Due: Send your essay to me via email before class on Thursday, 11/3 (aid24@cornell.edu) *Revised: The essay is due by Saturday, 11/5. Assignment How do Hindi films and film songs participate in constructing ideas of “the nation”? What forms of inclusion and exclusion, normalcy and deviance, are visually and musically narrated? Choosing one film, analyze the work of its songs in creating a narrative about the nation and nationalism. Drawing on the analytical themes and readings we have been discussing in class, consider how the film’s “song-track” supports, amplifies, and perhaps complicates the social and ideological themes of the movie. Your essay should...
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Screening of “Bad Rap”, Tuesday, October 25th

BAD RAP  @ Cornell Cinema Tuesday - Oct. 25th 7 - 10 PM ***Doors open at 6:40pm*** Asian Pacific Americans for Action is pleased to screen Bad Rap Film, an independent documentary following the careers of four Asian American rappers struggling to find success in a hip hop community that refuses to see Asian-ness as cool. Premiering at the TriBeCa Film Festival this year, Bad Rap is a compelling mix of live performance footage and personal interviews which tackles issues such as the model minority myth, definitions of "masculinity" (and how Asian men are perceived by those gender norms), and the fetishization of Asian women. Join us after for a moderated Q&A...
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Week 9: Reading and Viewing (10.18.2016)

This week, we'll be discussing Hindi cinema's take on Muslims in relation to ideas of the nation. We will do so by focusing on the 1994 film Roja (originally released in Tamil, subsequently released in Hindi). You will have a prompt for Thursday, not Tuesday, but do post discussion questions. In particular, think about the questions that these readings raise for you and how they might apply to the movie. Mark up the readings (manually or digitally) by highlighting, circling, and annotating anything you find confusing or want to discuss in more depth. Reading: Gyanendra Pandey, "Can a Muslim be an Indian?" Comparative...
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Preparation for Workshop 2, “Sounding Like Lata” (10.6.2016)

Your preparation for Thursday's workshop, "Sounding like Lata," is in two parts. Take a few notes as you go and be ready to share in class on Thursday. Remember, this will be challenging and it is ok if you don't sound "good." Reminder: We'll be meeting in the computer lab in the Cox Music Library, on the second floor of Lincoln Hall. Part I: Learning an alaap Choose and learn one of these three vocal intros (also known as "alaap" in Indian musical terminology) by Lata.  Listen to the clip a number of times and try your best to replicate the melody. "Na Jiya Lage...
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