This course presents a historical and theoretical study of chant and music in Hinduism. We begin with sacred sound in ancient India and proceed to important forms of chant and devotional music that have developed since.

Chant and music are interwoven throughout the entire fabric of Hinduism. Subject to theoretical discussion as well as practical prescriptions for use, chant and music are indispensible to Hindu life. The link between chant and music is the predominance of ideas of sacred sound going back to ancient India. Thus a familiarity with the basic concepts of sacred sound and Indian music are vital to an understanding of Hindu religious experience.