Expressions of the Modern: The Khayal, Improvisation, and the 20th-century Indian song
'Amit Chaudhuri will be speaking about the khayal as a form of modernist and non-representational expression. He will explore, among other things, how it gives us a way of thinking about music’s relationship to the world that is strikingly different from European music. Chaudhuri will also share his thoughts on the emergence of the popular song (and the film song) in Indian modernity, the multiplicity of source material it reworks, and its unique refashioning of “Indian” and “Western” idioms, including classical music and rock and roll. The talks will include listening to selections of music as well as annotated expositions by Chaudhuri.'