TAPSA: “It Entered My Body: Articulating a Folk Sensibility in Assam, India”

TAPSA presentation by Rehanna Kheshgi.

This paper investigates the emergence of a folk sensibility in the northeastern Indian state of Assam. Folk genres play an important role in connecting bodies with states, and the sounding, moving body serves as evidence of regional and/or national belonging. In the context of contemporary Assam, physical labor practices and gender roles associated with rural livelihoods are embedded within folk performance practice. Singing techniques that incorporate dialects associated with particular regions or ethnic groups index degrees of authenticity. This paper addresses questions regarding how young performers in Assam gain access to this knowledge and learn to embody performance practices associated with this folk sensibility. How do urban music and dance teachers package information and create pedagogical techniques to satisfy an increasingly mediated and competitive folk performance arena?

Thursday, October 8, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103