INDIA—Indian music has emerged as one of Dr. Harbold’s grand passions over the past two decades. A Niebuhr Center Grant funded his first trip to India in 2005, accompanying Dr. Paul Parker’s Peoples and Religions of India course. Since then, Harbold has visited India eleven times, published materials on Indian music, and facilitated Indian music concerts and courses at Elmhurst College. Some highlights include:
- A 2017-18 Fulbright-Nehru Academic & Professional Excellence Teaching Award will take Dr. Harbold to Madras Christian College in Chennai as visiting professor. His Fulbright project, Collaboration in Teaching and Learning Music in South India, will allow him to teach and observe varied pedagogical approaches in Indian music schools. For more information, see his bio on the Fulbright-Nehru web site or check out the news release on the Elmhurst College web site.
- Harbold’s Indian contacts have led to some wonderful opportunities for Elmhurst College students:
- At the 2017 Chicago World Music Festival in Millennium Park, the Elmhurst Philharmonic Orchestra under Joanne May premiered the Bharath Symphony, written by the great violinist, Dr. L. Subramaniam, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of India’s independence.
- Renowned journalist and playwright Gowri Ramnarayan gave presentations on her work to Elmhurst College Theatre and Music students in April 2016.
- Pt. Nagarajrao Havaldar of Bengaluru spent a semester at Elmhurst College teaching an Indian Music course and Hindustani classical voice lessons.
- The always-inspiring Srinivas Krishnan (currently working with LEAP in Chennai) collaborated with Joanne May to present the first-ever Elmhurst College World Music Festival (now in its seventh year!).
- Since 2007, Harbold has planned and led several J-Term courses in India.
- 2016—From the Big Temples to the Silver Screen: The Music of South India (visit the course website). For the first time, all students were music majors, so the course began with five intense days of music lessons at Pt. Nagarajrao Havaldar’s home in Bengaluru—a true gurukulam exerience! It was the perfect preparation for subsequent musical experiences in Chennai, Mahabalipuram, Pondicherry, Thanjavur, and Thiruvaiyaru.
- 2010 & 2013—Indian Art and Music in Chennai, Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru, Madurai, Mamallapuram, Ajanta and Ellora, Agra, and Delhi (visit the 2013 or 2010 course web sites).
- 2007—Indian Music, Religions, and Culture in Chennai, Thanjavur, Tiruvaiyaru, Mamallapuram, Jaipur, Agra, and Delhi (visit the course blog).
- In 2012, Harbold was named the College Music Society Ambassador to South India.
- December 2010 found Harbold in Karnataka as a “groupie” for the Swara Nada Yatra–Tablaphilia concert tour co-led by Pts. Nagarajrao Havaldar and Samir Chatterjee.
- In 2009 Harbold was honored to do a four-month stint as Visiting Professor at Madras Christian College (visit my blog!).
- In 2008, Dr. Harbold participated in 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, Shereen Ratnagar, and Sunil Kumar in Shimla, Delhi, and Agra.
- Thanks to his sister in Thillaisthanam, Dr. Rama Kausalya, Harbold has had the privilege of attending the Tyagaraja Aradhana five times, in 2007, 2010, 2012, 2015, and 2016. Held annually in honor of the patron saint of South Indian music, this festival is in many ways the heart and soul of Carnatic classical music.
- Best of all, Harbold has had the privilege of meeting some of the very best Carnatic classical musicians, including Padma Bhushan Sudha Ragunathan, Padma Shri Aruna Sairam, Sangeeta Kalanidhi Sanjay Subrahmanyan, Vidushi Dr. S. Sowmya, Padma Bhushan Dr. L. Subramaniam, Sangeeta Kalanidhi A. Kanyakumari, J. Jayanth, Padma Shri Kadri Gopalnath, Padma Vibhushan Umayalpuram Sivaraman, and Dr. Ghatam Karthick, among others!