Slow Listening with Arnold Bake's Recordings from Bengal, 1931-1956

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5:00 pm
SOAS, University of London
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A talk by Moushumi Bhowmik.

Moushumi Bhowmik is a singer, writer and practice-led researcher of Bengali music, based in Kolkata, India. She has been working for over two decades across eastern India, Bangladesh and the UK, collecting songs with which she has created, with others, a rich and diverse online repository of field recordings from Bengal entitled The Travelling Archive.

It is an archive of archives, for it holds not only her own work but that of others whose work overlaps with her own. Moushumi holds a PhD from the School of Cultural Texts and Records, Jadavpur University for her work on the wax cylinder and other recordings of Arnold Bake from Bengal. Her main interest is in studying sound as a way of knowing, and her work revolves around questions of home, homelessness, borders, homeland(s) and belonging. She writes in Bengali and English.

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