Worship and Music - Ethnomusicology


Master of Arts (MA)


John L Benham

Primary Subject Area

Music; Religion, General; Theology


This thesis has been written under a pseudonym to protect the identity of the author and the participants in the study.


The riches of India's ancient and diverse culture are proclaimed from the music that communicates the heart of Bharat Mata - Mother India. This sentiment resounds across the vast geographical area of India in songs from Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Christians and Bollywood composers. The question of how Christians might express their faith in light of societal, historical and religious amalgamations is the topic of discussion for this project. The inquiry will focus on the music culture of North India, specifically as it is expressed in the city of B_____, Uttar Pradesh. A six week field study was conducted in India to interview Hindu musicians and non-musicians. Audio and video recordings were made of the interviews, and photographs and recordings were made of various performances. The analysis endeavors to fill the gap concerning an understanding of the need for contextualized Christian expression and recommendations are presented for carrying out the task.