Matt Rahaim

I'm a teacher, performer and (eternal) student of Hindustani vocal music. After twelve years of training with Vikas Kashalkar, I now am taking taleem from L.K. Panditji in Delhi. I also have received vocal guidance from many generous and patient teachers over the years: Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Chandrashekar Mahajan, Warren Senders, Harriotte Hurie, Shafqat Ali Khan, and Mohan Darekar.

I teach and perform in Minneapolis, MN. Feel free to contact me directly about concerts, workshops, or lessons.

I also am Associate Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, with affiliations in Religious Studies, Asian Languages/Literatures/Media, and Cultural Studies & Comparative Literature.

My book, Musicking Bodies: Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music, is an investigation of the tacit bodily disciplines passed down through generations of Hindustani vocalists.  It maps a discursive history of gesture, analyzes the parallel expression of melody in hand and voice, and describes the various ways in which singers skillfully navigate raga, space, and time in the course of performance.  It also investigates the transmission of paramparic bodies (disciplined aesthetic/ethical modes of moving and singing) through face-to-face teaching lineages.

My current ethnographic project (tentatively called Voice Cultures) brings these intertwined aesthetic and ethical traditions into focus.  I'm investigating traffic between traditions of voice cultivation and vocal striving in India, among qawwals, film singers, classical singers, and many others, with a special focus on relational ethics.

I've written a few historical articles about intonation in Hindustani music:
one about the 16th-century theoretical transition from a 22-sruti system to a 12-fret system,
and another about the ban of the harmonium from All-India Radio on account of nationalist/romantic revivals of the 22-sruti model.


Hindustani Music Resources

My Academic CV