19 September 2022, 11:00 am
Symposium: Digitising the Local
Programme Type
C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium, IIC main building

From 11:00 to 13:00 in Conference Room II

To be conducted by Dr. Shubha Chaudhuri, Associate Director General (Academic), Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies  (AIIS)

The documentation of performing arts and other forms of Intangible Cultural Heritage in India has gained momentum since the 1980s. Today it is not only documentation that we are concerned with, but the digitization of existing documentation, to revisit these is the light of current trends, and can be used to revitalize traditions in addition to providing scholarly access. The symposium will examine these issues in the light of a project carried out between the AIIS Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology and Rupayan Sansthan through which approximately 1000 hours of audio recordings of the 1980s to 2003 were digitized and detailed metadata was created. Based on the collection of the well-known scholar and activist Komal Kothari, the project has involved members of the community and those who were involved in the recordings. The discussion will present a brief description of the recordings, providing an overview of the range of genres.


Speakers will include Kuldeep Kothari, Secretary, Rupayan Sansthan; and Madan Meena, researcher and scholar who was involved in the documentation during this period; and members of the musician community who will share their views about what digitization and renewed access to their recordings means to them

At 18:30 in C.D. Deshmukh Auditorium
The Sacred Secular

An evening of sacred music forms of Western Rajasthan, selected to represent devotional traditions of saint poets, performed by various communities. These include Meera, Kabir, Raidas and other saint poets, also include bhajans sung by Langas, Manganiar, Meghwal and Jogi communities.

The artists include: Multan Khan Manganiar, Sardar Khan Langa, Bhalluram and Ragunath Meghwal, Babunath and Raghunath of the Mewati Jogis.

Accompanied by Kutla Khan on the dholak; and Khete Khan on the khartal. Other instruments include the Sindhi sarangi and Bhapang


(Collaboration: Archives and Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology, American Institute of Indian Studies ; and with the support of the Modern Endangered Archives Program, University of California)