India has emerged as a source of great fascination and growing interest for Dr. Harbold in recent years. Starting with a Niebuhr Center Grant that funded a trip to India with Dr. Paul Parker’s Peoples and Religions of India course in 2005, Harbold has visited India many times, published materials on Indian music, and facilitated Indian music concerts and courses at Elmhurst College. Some highlights include:
- A January 2015 visit to Chennai, Thanjavur, and Bangalore laid the groundwork for an upcoming course, From the Big Temples to the Silver Screen: The Music of South India (visit the course website).
- A January 2012 visit to Chennai, Thanjavur, and Bangalore laid the groundwork for the 2013 Indian Art and Music course with Prof. Lynn Hill (visit the course website).
- In 2011, Harbold’s contacts with Indian musicians bore fruit for Elmhurst College:
- Pt. Nagarajrao Havaldar of Bangalore came to Elmhurst College to teach an upper-level course on Indian Music and private lessons in Hindustani classical music.
- After several years of campus visits, Srinivas Krishnan (from Miami University of Ohio and K.M. Music Conservatory, Chennai) worked with Prof. Joanne May to coordinate the first-ever World Music Festival at Elmhurst College (now in its fifth year!).
- December 2010 found him in India as a “groupie” for the Swara Nada Yatra Tablaphilia Tour in Karnataka co-led by Pandits Nagarajrao Havaldar and Samir Chatterjee.
- A January 2010 UMAIE course, Indian Art and Music, took 16 students to the famous Tyagaraja Festival in Tiruvaiyaru, December Season concerts in Chennai, cave temples in Ajanta and Ellora, and historic sites in Thanjavur, Mamallapuram, Agra, and Delhi (visit our course website).
- In 2009 Harbold was honored to do a four-month stint as Visiting Professor at Madras Christian College (visit my blog!).
- In 2008, Harbold was accepted to the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Institute in India—Bharata Darshan: Past and Present in the Study of Indian History and Culture, an extraordinary study experience with world-class scholars such as Romila Thapar in Shimla, Delhi, and Agra.
- A January 2007 UMAIE course in India, Indian Music, Religions, and Culture, took 23 students to the famous Tyagaraja Festival in Tiruvaiyaru, December Season concerts in Chennai, and historic sites in Thanjavur, Mamallapuram, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi (visit
our course blog!).
- A 2006 UMAIE Faculty Travel Grant that took him to Chennai, Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru, and Jaipur where he made contacts
with Indian musicians and scholars.