July 2014 On the Silk Road to Tibet: Traditional Festivals and Music of Ladakh and Kumaon”

Speaker:            Dr. Cornelia Dragusin ( Ethnomusicologist)

Date:                  July 13, 2014 (Sunday)  15:00-17:30

                            (Dinner after the session at a Thai/Balinese restaurant.

                             Reservations for dinner required by July 10.

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Venue:                Takatsuki Shiritsu Sogo Shimin Koryu Center, 3rd floor

                            Room 3
                         (1 minute walk from JR Takatsuki Station)  


Fee:            Free for members and students;  500 yen for non-members

Language:    English


Description of presentation:

Both Ladakh and Kumaon are Northern Indian districts lying on the main axis of the great Himalayan range. Both of these areas are populated by descendants of Tibetan ethnic groups. This lecture will summarize the geographical, economic and cultural differences and similarities between these two “pearls of the Silk Road.”  The session will also highlight the secular and Buddhist musical traditions of the two ethnic groups. One main focus will be a look at the Kumaoan “festival of the evil flower,” a unique traditional event that is held only once in twelve years.

Profile of Presenter:

Dr. Cornelia Dragusin started her music and piano education when she was five years old and continued her studies at the Bucharest Conservatory of Music, Romania, followed by the Amsterdam University of Music, the Netherlands. She holds a B.A. in Music Research from the Canterbury University in Christchurch, New Zealand, an M.A. in Piano Performance and Music Education from  Amsterdam University and a PhD in Ethnomusicologic Research from the Australian National University in Canberra.


Her research covers the festival music in Nepal, Ladakh, Gharwal and Kumaon, the role of music in New Japanese Religions, folk and dance music in Dacian Romania, children’s songs and lullaby in the Dutch song tradition, and the complex aspects of stage fright of performing musicians. Her current interests include the preservation of endangered dance and music traditions in marginal and minority groups, and she also plays the taiko drums.