School of Arts

Priyal Chitale

Key information

School of Arts PhD researcher
School of Arts
BA (Vassar), MA (SOAS)
Email address
Thesis title
The Pleasures and Poetics of Hindustani Film Song Lyrics, ca. 1940-80
Internal Supervisors
Dr Richard Williams & Dr Saeid Kordmafi


Priyal is a CHASE AHRC Scholar and second-year PhD student in the Department of Music at SOAS.

She holds a BA in Film Studies from Vassar College, and two MAs from SOAS, the first in South Asian Area Studies and the second in Social Anthropology with Intensive Persian. Her native languages are English, Hindi, and Marathi, and her research languages are Urdu, Persian, and French.

Her doctoral project employs textual criticism, archival research, and oral history to investigate the affective and aesthetic pleasures and poetics of Hindustani film song lyrics ca. 1940–80.

Research interests

Modern India, Persianate South Asia, history of emotions, cultural history, literary anthropology, film studies, public culture, poetics and aesthetics.

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