Scholars Talk Indian Performance and Research

Mughul musics topic of talk at UC Davis

Painting of a musician during the Mughal Empire period.

Two visiting scholars will explore the rich history of Indian music and dance and the ethical issues of studying and writing about it in the UC Davis Chancellor’s Colloquium Distinguished Speaker Series March 7.

Katherine Butler Schofield, senior lecturer at King’s College London, and Davesh Soneji, associate professor at the University of Pennsylvania, will give the presentation “Indian Music Between Past and Present: Conversations on Ethics, Archives, and Mortality.”

It will take place at 4 p.m. at the Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts. The event is free and open to the public, but RSVPs are requested. 

Schofield is a historian of music in the Mughal Empire and colonial Indian Ocean. She is co-editor of Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature and Performance in North India.

Soneji studies performing arts in South India, with a concentration on professional female artists, and is author of Unfinished Gestures: Devadāsīs, Memory, and Modernity in South India.

This talk is also part of the ongoing India in the Artist’s Eye series of performances and speakers that will include concerts by Sikkil Gurucharan and Shujatt Khann March 4 and 5 and Prahlad Singh Tipanya April 13; a lecture by novelist Amitav Ghosh April 12; and a six-movie series starting April 17.

Schofield will also give a talk, “Stereophonic Methods, Auditory Histories, and Paracolonial Time: Hindustani Music in the Indian Ocean, 1760–1860,″ on March 9 at 4 p.m. in Room 266, Everson Hall.