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Music, and the expressive arts. A study visit to Southern India. July-Aug 2017

Saturday 29th July – Weds 9th August 2017


This is a unique 12 day journey of learning through South India which will occur during the first part of the 2017 summer holidays. The aim of the trip is to visit parts of the South Indian state of Karnataka, to learn about the rich musical traditions that this part of India offers, to learn about the expressive arts that link to music in India and will also explore elements of India’s changing and developing cultural geography.


During the visit you will learn about musical and expressive arts traditions of the region of south India. Beginning in the city of Bangalore we will look at classical and folk musical traditions with opportunities for musical appreciation, master classes and performances. It is likely that we will focus on Hindustani and Carnatic Tabla drumming and vocal traditions. We hope to include opportunities to explore classical and folk dances, watch an Odissi master class and join in a Garba folk dance workshop. You will journey to the rich cultural hertitage site of Hampi, to experience the extraordinary ancient temple ruins, and we aim to include an experience of a shadow puppetry activity from North Karnataka. Although the visit focuses strongly on music and the arts this visit will implicitly explore the human and physical geography of the area and will look at how this part of the country is changing and developing. This is a very exciting and unique process, and we are absolutely delighted to be offering it as one of our study visits for 2017.

Who is this for?

The trip will be fully relevant for teachers and non-teachers, students and interested adults. It is for anyone who has a personal and/or professional interest in the themes of the journey, and who can offer something to the group dynamic as a whole. The process will cover many aspects of the primary and secondary curriculum, particularly music, arts and geography; with a specific focus on comparative study at KS1-3 and the visit will aim to explore India in a broader sense covering many other cross curricular themes.

Who is organising this visit?

The trip is being organised by an organisation called Sangam who have a lovely rural residential facility in a small village north of Bangalore. You will be accompanied throughout the trip by your facilitators from Sangam who understand the context and culture of the area extremely well, who will interpret, explain and facilitate the process, and have 15 years of professional experience organising curated travel experiences in Karnataka and South India. Please do refer to Sangam’s website for more information about their organisation:  Lindsay West is coordinating with Sangam on this project. She has visited India with Sangam’s projects before, and is now planning this music trip with Sangam in order to offer a broader learning experience for visitors to Karnataka. Lindsay is principal of Durrington All Saints Infant School in Wiltshire.  She began teaching in 1987 and during her teacher career she has taken on the roles of Head of Music, Foundation Subjects Coordinator, Key Stage 1 Manager, and most recently head teacher. She was appointed as a Primary Geography Champion for the South West of England. Following the awards of the Silver Primary Geography Quality Mark in 2009 and subsequently Gold in 2012, she became a consultant to the Geographical Association in 2013.  She now sits on the Primary Geography Quality Mark National Moderation Team and is a co-opted member of the governing body of the Geographical Association.  In her spare time she plays the violin in Salisbury Symphony Orchestra; she loves gardening, walking and generally being out of doors.

Where will we stay?

Accommodation will be based in Sangam’s a residential home stay facility called “The Land” near Bangalore which has space for up to 25 people. The Land is a spacious leafy garden on the edge of the rural village of Silvepura. The facilities are simple but well developed. Imo and Kiran Sahi who run Sangam have made it a comfortable and homely place for visiting groups from the UK to make themselves at home and to explore India from. (You can find out more about the accommodation at the land by looking at the facilities pages in the website: During the journey you will stay for two nights in a comfortable and authentic simple guest house in a wonderful place called Hampi.

How will we travel? There will be two overnight train journeys in sleeper class cabin style train bunks. The rest of the journeys in India will be in comfortable air conditioned vehicles with no more than five people per seven seater car, so that there is space and room for luggage. The group will be accompanied throughout by Kiran Sahi from Sangam who will be able to interpret and explain what you see on the journeys and will facilitate the process. Some days will involve very early mornings, and some days will involve a lot of travelling from one location to another. The process of some days will involve the journey at the heart of the day. You will be able to see so much if you look out of the window, ask questions, keep notes and journal as part of the process of the journey. On days when you are driving you will regularly make stops, sometimes unplanned ones, when you see things of interest, and this is where the most fun may lie.

Who will advise us on preparation for the visit?

Those that express interest in the visit will be invited to an optional meeting in the Autumn of 2016, which will be a chance for you to hear more about the visit, meet the organisers hear more about the programme, and will be a chance for you to ask questions. Once you have joined the group you will be sent a comprehensive preparation pack which will detail the information about flight booking, travel advice, kit lists, visa guidelines, payment information, insurance advice, and health and safety guidance. If you have any questions about the visit before or after receiving this pack please do email us or call using the contact details below.  You will be invited to a second preparation meeting in the spring term before you travel when you will go through these practicalities and can meet the rest of the group before you travel.

What is the cost? The estimated total costs of the whole trip will fall between £1400- £1750 in total including these estimated costs:

  • In country costs: between £800- £950 per person.
  • Flight: between £400-600
  • Visa £30 and Insurance £50
  • Spending money for artefacts, snacks, additional meals etc. £120.

Full details of what the in country cost includes are found on the further information. We hope to be able to offer a student discount if full time university students apply. Please be in touch for more details about this.

A resource pack: On your arrival you will all be provided with a resource booklet which includes maps, travel information, suggestions of activities to enable you to engage with the places that you visit. For the teachers in the group the pack will include ideas for teaching and learning activities using creative enquiry, and case study information.

Artefacts and photos: For teachers, finding ways of “bringing India back” is an important part of the process. Many people will want to find ways to effectively equip yourselves for teaching about India and using the experience in your professional life on your return. Part of this will be covered by the resource pack that we will provide you with, some of it will be covered by the questions that you ask and the dialogue that you have with the people that you meet during the visit, and part of it will be covered by the journal that you make to reflect on all that you see. However gathering the physical resources of artefacts and photos will be a large part of this. It may be that you decide to create a project for yourselves- finding particular images which can create a learning resource, looking for particular artefacts which you can use immediately on your return. We will provide you with many ideas, and suggestions for how you can do this once you are in India.

How to find out more and how to apply: Please download our further information, by clicking on this link, where you can read through all of the details of the trip. Please then mail Lindsay using the email address below and she will send you through an application form.

We have some additional places available for this visit coming up, so please do contact us asap if you would like to take these places!

If there are queries which have not been covered above, or if you would like to talk over details of the visit prior to booking, please contact:

Group leader:

Lindsay West.

Lindsay is on medical leave currently, so please contact us directly:

Contact Kiran and Imogen Sahi at:

Looking forward to hearing from you.

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