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Center for Religious Studies

Wood Building, Room 124
Mailing address:
Martin 236, Warrensburg, MO 64093

Catherine Burris
Assistant Professor and Director
Phone: 660.543.8674


Beck, Guy

Dr. Guy L. Beck, scholar and musician, is a member of the Religious Studies faculty at the School of Continuing Studies at Tulane University. He has a Ph.D. in Religon, South Asia, and an M.A. in Musicology from Syracuse University. He also holds an M.A. in Religious Studies from the University of South Florida. Guy Beck has published Sonic Theology: Hinduism and Sacred Sound (University of South Carolina Press, 1993) where he examined Hindu theology relative to sacred sound. He has also published, as editor, Alternative Krishnas: Regional and Vernacular Variations on a Hindu Deity (SUNY Press, 2005).

 His most recent work, Sacred Sound: Experiencing Music in World Religions (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006) has been well-received (“highly recommended….” CHOICE). This book includes a CD of forty selections of world religious chant and music. When Beck was a visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Hindu Studies at Oxford University in 2001, he delivered the Michaelmas Lectures on Hinduism and Music, and received a grant for research and study in England on the Indic influences on world religious chant and music.

Guy Beck performs Hindustani vocal classical music and has released two CDs: Sacred Raga (New Orleans: STR Digital Records, 1999) and Sanjher Pradip (Calcutta: Bihaan Music, 2004). After studying for five years at the Tansen Music College in Calcutta, hecontinued his training under Pandit Arun Bhaduri and Pandit Vijay Kichlu of the ITC Sangeet Research Academy, Calcutta. Guy Beck has performed in several national music conferences in India, on Door Darshan (Indian TV), and on Radio Nepal. He is the first American vocalist to have appeared in an all-India music conference of Hindustani music.

Also an accomplished pianist, at present he gives lecture/demonstrations in Indian music on American college campuses and other venues. Further researches into Hindu traditional music and ritual have been supported by a Fulbright Research Grant (1992) and a Senior Performing Arts Fellowship (2008) from the American Institute of Indian Studies (A.I.I.S.).

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