The Sacred Music of India


Guy Beck

Presenter(s)

Guy Beck

Guy L. Beck spent six years studying Hindustani vocal music in India, and has been researching Hinduism and music for over thirty years. Holding an M.A. in Musicology (1986) and Ph.D. in South Asian Religion (1989) from Syracuse University, he has authored Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (1993) and Sonic Liturgy: Ritual and Music in Hindu Tradition (2012), and edited Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions (2006). His field-work in Mathura and Vrindaban also led to the publication of an archive of rare and beautiful Bhakti songs with translations. In 2001 he was a Visiting Fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies, and in 2010 received a Fulbright-Nehru Senior Research Fellowship. He has given numerous lectures and demonstrations in India and the West. As the first American to perform at a Hindustani classical music conference in India (1977), Guy Beck has released two CDs and currently resides in New Orleans while teaching Hinduism and Music at Tulane University.