Indian Music Research at Durham
Durham University is home to a lively community of professional and postgraduate researchers who work on topics in Indian music. Indian music also features in our Undergraduate Curriculum, and can be the focus of Masters dissertations. There is plenty of music and dance from South Asia going on in our region, some of it hosted by this university – we collaborate with our neighbours in Newcastle and put on events with local arts promoter Gem Arts, both in Durham and Newcastle/Gateshead. This site gathers together information about research in North Indian music in Durham, including past and upcoming events, research projects, publications and a selection of audiovisual resources including concert and interview clips. We’ve also included a quick and accessible introduction to some of our research, and welcome feedback from anyone interested to know more or who wants to get involved in any capacity.
Research in Indian Music in Durham involves a number of people. To find out more about the interest and the work of each individual see the pages of our staff Martin Clayton and Laura Leante, and research students Sam Goodway, Joanna Heath, Paolo Pacciolla, and Lara Pearson. Elena Catalano, who successfully completed her PhD on Odissi dance in 2014, is currently employed as a lecturer at Kingston University.
Funded research Projects:
Some of our research is funded by grant-giving bodies such as the Arts and Humanities Research Council and the British Academy.
Our work has also been possible thanks to the collaboration with a number of institutions and organisations, both in the UK and India, including Arohan Foundation, Darbar, GemArts, Sangit Mahabhrati, The Sage Gateshead.
See below for details of some of our funded projects:
- Khyal: Music and Imagination
- Role, Status and Hierarchy in the Performance of North Indian Classical Music
- The Reception of Performance in North Indian Classical Music
- Experience and Meaning in North Indian Classical Music