Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya

Barrett Honors College

Nilanjana Bhattacharjya is a Honors Faculty Fellow at Barrett, The Honors College. Her research as an ethnomusicologist focuses on popular music from South Asia and its diasporic communities. Nilanjana received her Bachelor’s from Wellesley College and earned her Masters and PhD in Musicology from Cornell University. She is particularly interested in how South Asian popular music’s circulation through different media defines different communities throughout the world, and in music’s relationships to popular visual media, especially film. She is at work 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. Her articles and essays have appeared in journals including Asian Music and South Asian History and Cultureas well as in the edited collections Global Bollywood: Travels of Hindi Song and Danceand South Asian Transnationalisms: Cultural Exchange in the Twentieth Century. Most recently, she co-edited with Peter Kvetko the first ever issue of the interdisciplinary journal South Asian Popular Culture devoted entirely to music. 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.

Nilanjana.Bhattacharjya@asu.edu