Music has evolved along with mankind and its civilisations. Ancient cultures like China and India have a very long history of civilisation and thus their music is extremely intricate and complex. If you are able to learn something about the musical performers, traditions, styles, instruments, and even upcoming events in your target destination before you arrive, then you will hit the ground running. Wherever the place and whatever the style, the variety, richness, and universality of music provides a ready-made avenue through which to deepen your understanding and enjoyment of a culture.
Search the Internet, pick up a newspaper or city guide, and consult with us to see if any concerts or other musical performances will coincide with your stay. Once you arrive at your destination, make it a point to ask around and find out about upcoming local music events. It is often the smaller informal gatherings that provide the best opportunity to explore other cultures and experience music the way it was meant to be heard. And if you are interested in making music yourself, you may wish to explore the local music traditions by taking a lesson or even enrolling in a class during your stay.
Locals are often very curious about foreign guests visiting their countries and it is quite likely that if you are willing to share your music with them, they in turn will open up in their own way towards you. Sharing one’s music in such a personal way often brings out a warmth and curiosity in people unlike any other. In large part, music is not bound by any particular language, which makes it a terrific way to connect with someone whom you otherwise might not even have met, thereby giving you exposure to the culture at a deeper level than being an ordinary tourist.
Daniel Ratheiser, Co-Founder and Managing Director, Knowledge Must
Founding Knowledge Must, Daniel has helped individuals and organisations to cross cultural boundaries and to grow their global competence. He also conducted numerous research studies in the intercultural field, from historical cultural exchange to contemporary interfaith relations. His real passion, however, has always been researching and writing about the cultural relations between South Asia / India and East Asia / China.