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JUL Onwards
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Rohit Goel

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Indian Aesthetics
Reading between the Lines
Abhijit Dandekar
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The Gateways into Western India
Kurush F. Dalal
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Community Engagement
Mountstuart Elphinstone Conference
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Indian Aesthetics
Stones, Stories, Science
Mrinalini Rajagopalan
 

Visiting Scholars @ JP

Moushumi Bhowmik

Moushumi Bhowmik is an independent researcher of Bengali folk music, based in Kolkata. A two-time grantee of the India Foundation for the Arts, Bangalore, Moushumi has been working on the theme of biraha as it finds expression in the rich and varied folk repertoire of Bengal, covering extensive parts of eastern India and Bangladesh; also parts of London where the expatriate Bengali community lives. The UK chapter of her work has received support from the Charles Wallace India Trust and the British Library's World and Traditional Music Archives. The field recordings from this project, done mainly by her sound recordist partner, Sukanta Majumdar, will be kept at the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, Gurgaon, and at the British Library, London. The two of them are now engaged in a unique project of dissemination of their field recordings, which involves moving around with a travelling archive, returning to the filed and making presentations on the research. Moushumi has also been writing about her travels through music for journals and books. As a singer, Moushumi has performed in many concerts in India, Bangladesh, the UK and Europe. She has several albums to her credit, has made music for documentaries and features too and is the vocalist of the Anglo-Bengali band, 'Parapar'. Sukanta Majumdar is an independent sound recordist/sound designer who works in the diverse fields of documentary and feature films, ethnomusicology and the soundarts. He graduated from the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, Kolkata. Besides working on this IFA project with Moushumi, Sukanta has also been doing other significant work such as post-production sound for award-winning Afghan director Siddiq Barmak's latest film, Opium War, and also for award-winning Bengali director Suman Mukherjee's Chaturanga (both 2008). Sukanta was selected to the Berlinale Talent Campus in 2007 for his composition work as a soundartist. His main areas of interest are folk and classical music and ambient sound. Satyaki Banerjeeis an eclectic musician with his unique style of playing the dotara, sarod and also singing. He is a historian by training and has also trained in Indian classical music, but has an intense passion for folk music, mainly baul and fakiri songs. He plays and sings with Moushumi and is a guest member of their band 'Parapar'. He also has his own band called 'The Calcutta Cycle', besides working with Chennai-based band, 'Oikotaan' (Bonny Chakravarty, Paul Jacob) too. Recently he performed at the Rainforest World Music Festival 2008 in Sarawak, Malaysia.

 
 
 
 
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