We hope that you have spent some time exploring the Geography as Melody project site.
This is very much a work in progress and the launch version represents version 1.0.
Here are some of the directions we would like to explore in this project over time. We also welcome your ideas for the onward journey — please share them in the comments section below.
- We wanted to develop a much more interactive and rich map experience. However, no one single platform could provide all the functionality. Also, the software components are prohibitively expensive. For example:
- The names of places need to be displayed on the map.
- Clicking on a place should also open up links to online audio/video files of particular songs associated with the place/deity/theme.
- Likewise, it should also provide the user with links to external videos of the places involved.
- We will hold at least one webinar per month beginning in July / August 2022 for anyone interested in this topic, covering:
- An introduction to the topic of the project and how to navigate the site.
- Exploration of the geographies presented here.
- Asking geography questions.
- The webinars will be open to both Indian and non-Indian participants.
- Children living in the diaspora (NRI children) who are learning karnātaka sangītam (Carnatic music) will also benefit from these webinars.
- The webinars could be useful for students of cultural geography, ethnomusicology, and so on.
- The Institute of Geographical Studies will also present / publish academic papers in geography journals / conferences in the near future.
- We will also publish user-supplied online study ideas on this site.
- This site also offers many possibilities to develop lesson plans for study in geography, data, and other fields at the high school level.
- We will revisit this site once every six months to update it any ways possible.
Many, many more things are possible with this project.
Do you have any ideas you would like to help with to make this project better? If yes, we would like to hear from you in the comments section below.
Thank you for your interest in this project and visiting this site. We hope your interest and curiosity have been stimulated by your exploration. Please visit this site again and again. Every time could spark a different perspective or a new idea.
We look forward to hearing from you.
— Dr Chandra Shekhar Balachandran
Founder, Director, The Institute of Geographical Studies
on behalf of the Geography as Melody project team.