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This essay should have three major components that address the three critical readings from Unit II.
1.Following Nettl?s description of studying ?music in culture?, discuss the ways in which the raga concept relates to other aspects of Indian culture, social structure, and/or philosophy.
2.Following Clayton?s consideration of musical meaning, discuss what Raga Megh ?means? and how meaning is communicated in performance.
3.Following Alterhaug?s analysis of improvisation, describe the formal structures present in Shivkumar Sharma?s performance of Raga Megh that facilitate improvisation.
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