PhD (University of Mumbai)
Research Interests: Indian Music, Epistemology of Raga, Rasa theory, Epistemology of Rasa.
Lakshmi Sreeram is a musician in the traditions of Carnatic and Hindustani (vocal) Music. She has trained under highly regarded masters of the two traditions and has performed widely to critical acclaim.
Lakshmi has a PhD in Philosophy from the University of Mumbai. Her doctoral dissertation on the concept of Dhvani, as expounded in the 9th century text Dhvanyaloka by Anandavardhana, lies in the intersections of Alankara Sastra and theories of Sabda Bodha. She has also trained in Bharatanatyam.
Lakshmi taught elective courses at the Indian Institute of Technology Madras as adjunct faculty. On being awarded a Fulbright-Nehru Academic and Professional Excellence scholarship for 2019-2020, she went to the University of Colorado, Boulder where she studied Jazz Improvisation, taught Indian classical music and delivered lectures.
She put together 20 hours each of two online courses “Appreciating Carnatic Music” and “Appreciating Hindustani Music” for the National Project for Technology Enhanced Learning (NPTEL), a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) platform.
She writes for the arts pages in The Hindu, Frontline, Firstpost, News9 and other media.
Lakshmi is interested in the principles underlying the performance traditions of Hindustani and Carnatic music and their different expressions in the two traditions. She is also working on a theory of Epistemology of Raga using categories from theories of Sabdabodha and Alankarasastra.
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Core and elective courses including Khayal and Carnatic Vocal practice in the Dual Degree programme in Integrated Arts.