South Asia

Organized Panel Session

84 - Listening in India: Media Geographies

7/6/2018
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
Location: Cypress, New Building

Listening in India: Media Geographies is the second of two panels which examine listening in India between the seventeenth and twenty-first centuries, placing sound studies, media studies and South Asian history in conversation with one another. These papers consider the movement of sound across an assemblage of spaces, bodies, technologies, and affects, with particular attention to the discrepancies between urban and rural practices. By reflecting upon these differing formations, the panels signpost wider disciplinary debates on soundscapes, noise, and loudness, and they develop these conversations through a focus on the hyperlocal, the regional, and the transnational. What might a specifically South Asian study of listening transform the global study of sound? And how might a renewed attentiveness to listening contribute to Asian studies as a whole?

This second panel considers listening across a variety of technologies, each with its particular geography and intended audience. Vebhuti Duggal (Ambedkar University, Delhi) casts an ear toward amplification, following the loudspeaker towards an exploration of public sound. Ravikant (Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi) articulates the unique nature of the cinematic listening experience, positioning it in relation to radio and gramophone culture to highlight the facilitation of multinational listening even in the most fractiously nationalist of eras. Mehak Sawhney (Sarai-Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, Delhi) emphasizes the ongoing relevance of community sound media forms, focusing on the rural impact of mobile vaani. Partho Datta (Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi), a historian of music and urban planning, serves as discussant.

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Vebhuti Duggal

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

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Vebhuti Duggal

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

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Vebhuti Duggal

Ambedkar University Delhi, India

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Ravi Kant

Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India

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Mehak Sawhney

SARAI, Centre for the Study of Developing Societies, India

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