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Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

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Honors Faculty Fellow
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 1612
Biography

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya's research as an ethnomusicologist focuses on popular music from South Asia and its diasporic communities. She is affiliated with the Center for Asian Research and the South Asia Council at ASU. She received her Bachelor's from Wellesley College and earned her her Masters and PhD in Musicology from Cornell University.  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 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. 

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya is presently completing a manuscript based on her dissertation, which examines the discourses around British Asian musicians and British national identity between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, and beginning another projecåt looking at 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. Throughout her work as an ethnomusicologist and popular music scholar, she maintains a strong focus on  contemporary South Asian music, film, and visual culture.

 

Research Interests

Selected 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. 

Fall 2017
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HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2017
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HON 272The Human Event
HON 484Internship
Fall 2016
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HON 171The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
HON 484Internship
Spring 2016
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HON 171The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
HON 484Internship
Fall 2015
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HON 171The Human Event
HON 484Internship
Spring 2015
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HON 272The Human Event
HON 380Aesthetics and Society
HON 484Internship
Fall 2014
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HON 171The Human Event
Summer 2014
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HON 394Special Topics
Spring 2014
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HON 272The Human Event
HON 394Special Topics
Fall 2013
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HON 171The Human Event
Spring 2013
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HON 272The Human Event: Humanities