Debate on the Dais: Female Fakirs and Sufi Style in Bangladesh

The Boyati community in Bangladesh are a repository of melodies and poetic forms, traditionally engaging in a dialectical musical battle where they represent different positionalities at live shrine performances. This presentation examines the rise of the female fakir in such performances through their negotiations of sacred space, appropriations of metaphysical discourse, and issues of fame brought on by commodified Sufi music and a more urbane listenership. Led by Bertie Kibreah, PhD candidate in the ethnomusicology program at the University of Chicago's Department of Music.

Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 4:30pm
Foster 103