Performing Arts Live
Fall 2013 Events
Friday, September 20th, 2013 at 7:30 p.m.
Kent State Associate Professor Dr. Jay Muthuswamy will speak about and perform Indian Classical Music on the Veena. The Veena is India’s oldest stringed instrument going back to the Goddess Sarasawthi – many thousands of years back. There are many varieties of Veena in India and this evening’s lecture demonstration is on the Saraswathi Veena. Saraswathi is also known as the goddess of learning in Indian culture.
The Saraswathi Veena has four main strings and three additional sympathetic strings. It is explicitly suited for the rendering of melodic musical forms with its delicate microtonal content.
Carnatic music and Hindustani music comprise the major musical systems of India. This evening’s demonstration will primarily be in the Carnatic mode with a few Hindustani ragas also present. Unlike Western Music which is based primarily on Harmony, Indian classical music is based mainly on Melody and microtones.
Dr. Jay Muthuswamy
Dr. Muthuswamy is an Associate Professor of Finance at KSU where he has been teaching since 2007. At the age of 11 Dr. Muthuswamy heard an inspiring Veena concert by the Maestro S. Balachander in Chennai, and immediately opted to teach himself this celestial instrument. He performed for the Maestro himself finally in 1975 in Chennai.
Apart from being deeply interested in Indian Classical Music, Dr. Muthswamy holds an undergraduate degree from the London School f Economics, an MBA from the Wharton School, an MS from Stanford University, and a PhD in Finance from the University of Chicago.