Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Center for Contemporary South Asia

Ahona Palchoudhuri

PhD Candidate in Anthropology
Summer Fellow 2018
Project Title: Malhar, Monsoon, and the Cartography of Aesthetic Experience: Tracing Indian Classical Music’s Relation with the Environment in (and in between) Bishnupur and Calcutta

Ahona's project studies Indian Classical Music at the intersection of aestheitic experience and the environment. She traces the pedagogic practice and rituals of performance in Indian Classical Music along a route between two of the most important centers of music in contemporary West Bengal: Bishnupur and Calcutta. Her research focuses specifically on Malhar, a family of monsoon raagas, in order to be able to map the relationship that the shifting milieus on this route have with the rains.