It is the study of music in its cultural context.
Jyoshna La Trobe has been giving lectures on many aspects of the music culture of Rāṛh, India including praise music (kīrtan), the masked dance of the ancient warrior (Chhau) mystic songs of the Bauls and the Shiva Gajan festival. Over the past five years she has delved more deeply into the music culture of the New Zealand Māori. She has lectured on the song traditions and worked in collaboration with Richard Nunns and James Webster on taonga puoro ‘instrumental traditions’.
From 2011-2016 Jyoshna worked as a Guest Lecturer at the School of Audio Engineering, Auckland University Music School and other tertiary institutions. She has lectured at universities including University of Limerick, and Federal University of Minas Gerais, University of Caixas do Sul in Brazil.
Jyoshna also gives workshop seminars in Rāṛhi praise music (Kīrtan) and performances as well as composes music for film and Television.
Dr. Jyoshna La Trobe
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Rāṛh means 'red earth' and is the name of an ancient kingdom that existed in north east India up till the 7th century, and still exists in the imaginations of the local people.