Nilanjana Bhattacharjya's research focuses on popular music, film, and visual culture from South Asia and its diasporic communities. She is affiliated with the Center for Asian Research and the South Asia Council at ASU. Her articles and essays appear in journals including Asian Music, Framework, and South Asian History and Culture as well as in the edited collections Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Dance and South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century. In fall 2012, she co-edited with Peter Kvetko the first ever issue of the journal South Asian Popular Culture devoted entirely to music.
Professor Bhattacharjya is presently focusing on the changing status of the film song sequence in contemporary Hindi films. She has published previously on the circulation of Hindi film music, particularly in diasporic contexts, and the dancer Uday Shankar's reception in India and abroad, and upcoming publications focus on music and art in London's Bangladeshi communities as well and the film Fan.