I'm a teacher,
performer and (eternal) student of Hindustani vocal
music. After twelve years of training with Vikas
Kashalkar, I now am taking taleem from L.K. Panditji
in Delhi. I also have received vocal guidance from
many generous and patient teachers over the years:
Veena Sahasrabuddhe, Chandrashekar Mahajan, Warren
Senders, Harriotte Hurie, Shafqat Ali Khan, and Mohan
I teach and
perform in Minneapolis, MN. Feel free to contact me
directly about concerts, workshops, or lessons.
I also am
Associate Professor of Music at the University of
Minnesota, with affiliations in Religious Studies,
Asian Languages/Literatures/Media, and Cultural
Studies & Comparative Literature.
My book, Musicking Bodies:
Gesture and Voice in Hindustani Music,
is an investigation of the tacit bodily disciplines
passed down through generations of Hindustani
vocalists. It maps a discursive history of
gesture, analyzes the parallel expression of melody in
hand and voice, and describes the various ways in
which singers skillfully navigate raga, space, and
time in the course of performance. It also
investigates the transmission of paramparic bodies
(disciplined aesthetic/ethical modes of moving and
singing) through face-to-face teaching lineages.
My current ethnographic project (tentatively called Voice Cultures) brings these intertwined aesthetic and ethical traditions into focus. I'm investigating traffic between traditions of voice cultivation and vocal striving in India, among qawwals, film singers, classical singers, and many others, with a special focus on relational ethics.
I've written a
few historical articles about intonation in Hindustani