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Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

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Lect Sr RMY+Hon Fac Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
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Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography

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;  South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century; and Writing About Screen Media. In fall 2012, she co-edited with Peter Kvetko the first ever issue of the journal South Asian Popular Culture  devoted entirely to music. 

She is presently focusing on the changing status of the film song sequence in contemporary Hindi films. She has published previously on the dancer Uday Shankar's reception in India and abroad as well on the circulation of Hindi film music, particularly in diasporic contexts. More recently she has published pieces on the circulation of Netflix India's Love Stories, the queer relationships between the fan and star in the film Fan, and writing about sound and narrative. Upcoming publications will feature music and art in London's Bangladeshi communities as well as the circulation of South Asian dance music in the diaspora. 

Education
  • Ph.D. Musicology, Cornell University
  • M.A. Musicology, Cornell University
  • B.A. Music, Wellesley College
Publications
  • Co-editor (with Peter Kvetko), South Asian Popular Culture, “The Music Issue,” Volume 10, no. 3 (2012).
  • “Editorial – The Music Issue,” with Peter Kvetko, South Asian Popular Culture, Volume 10, no. 3 (2012): 219-221.
  • (Reprint) “A Productive Distance from the Nation: Uday Shankar and the Defining of Indian Modern Dance,” In South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the 20th Century, Ed. Babli Sinha (New Delhi: Routledge, 2012), pp. 41-70.
  • “A Productive Distance from the Nation: Uday Shankar and the Defining of Indian Modern Dance,” South Asian History and Culture Volume 2, no. 4 (2011): 482-501.
  • "Popular Hindi Film Song Sequences Set in the Indian Diaspora and the Negotiating of Indian Identity," Asian Music Volume 40, no. 1 (2009): 53-82.
  • “From Bombay to Bollywood: Tracking Musical and Cinematic Tours,” co-written with Monika Mehta. In Planet Bollywood: The Transnational Travels of Hindi Song-and-Dance Sequences , Eds. Sangita Gopal and Sujata Moorti (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2008), pp.105-131. 
  • "How sound helps tell a story: Sound, music, and narrative in Vishal Bhardwaj's Omkara. In Writing About Screen Media.. (New York: Routledge University Press, 2019), pp.149-153.
  • "Doubling Offscreen and Onscreen: Queering the Star and the Fan in Fan."  Framework Volume 58, nos. 1 and 2 (2017): 161-172.
Research Activity

Group Research Project: Asia Mediated: Interdisciplinary Curriculum Innovation at Arizona State University

10/1/16 → 9/30/19

  • US Department of Education (DOEd): $185,047.00
Fall 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 499Individualized Instruction
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 370History of Ideas
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 484Internship
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
HON 484Internship
Spring 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
HON 484Internship
Fall 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 171The Human Event
HON 484Internship
Spring 2015
Course NumberCourse Title
HON 272The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
HON 484Internship