Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

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Dr. Nilanjana Bhattacharjya
Honors Faculty Fellow

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Nilanjana Bhattacharjya received her B.A., cum laude, from Wellesley College and earned her her Masters and Ph.D. in Musicology from Cornell University. She has previously taught courses at Cornell University, Colorado College, and Mount Holyoke College on music, migration, and displacement; music, ethnicity, and race; music and gender; music, technology, and globalization; and music and film in addition to surveys of historical and contemporary popular music traditions from the United States, Africa, the Arab World, and South Asia.

Her research as an ethnomusicologist centers on popular music from South Asia and its diasporic communities. She is particularly interested in how South Asian popular music's circulation through different media helps define different communities' identities throughout the world. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores how British musicians of South Asian descent and their music contributed to changing ideas of British cultural identity during the mid to late 1990s as well as on another project that examines the changing role of Hindi film music and song sequences in contemporary popular Indian cinema and the Indian popular music industry. She has written on Hindi film's music relationship to the diaspora and the nation-state as well on as the early 20th-century dancer Uday Shankar's reception in India, Europe, and the United States alongside emerging conceptions of Indian modernity. Her articles and essays appear in journals including Asian Music and South Asian History and Culture as well as in the edited collections Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance (Minnesota) and South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century (Routledge). Most recently, she co-edited with Peter Kvetko the first ever issue of the interdisciplinary journal South Asian Popular Culture devoted entirely to music. Throughout her work, she maintains a strong focus on  contemporary South Asian music, film, and visual culture. She currently co-chairs the South Asia Performing Arts Section of the Society for Ethnomusicology and serves on the Ethnomusicology Committee of the American Institute of Indian Studies. She joins Barrett in January 2013 and is affiliated with ASU's Center for Asian Research and the South Asia Council.