SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

Ms Rasika Ajotikar

BA Philosophy (University of Pune, India), MA Anthropology (University of Pune, India), Sangeet Visharad in North India Classical vocal music (Akhil Bharatiya Gandharva Mahavidyalaya, India)
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Rasika Ajotikar
Ms Rasika Ajotikar
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Thesis title:
Feminisms in Performance: protest music and caste in Maharashtra, India
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Rasika is a PhD candidate and a Felix scholar in the Music department at SOAS. Her research broadly focuses on women’s protest music as part of the anti-caste, Dalit and feminist movement in Maharashtra, India.


  • "Caste as a Lens to Analyse Women’s Musical Performances: Examining ways to Reformulate Feminist Collaborations in West India". 9th Symposium of the Study Group on “Music and Gender” of ICTM, GENDER -- PERFORMANCE -- ACTIVISM: TRANSCULTURAL CONVERSATIONS,University of Bern, Bern, Switzerland, July 2016
  • "Dalit Women’s Music Performances as a Lens to Study Feminism in West India". 9th ICTM Study group Symposium on “Music and Minorities”, University of Britanny, Rennes, France, July 2016
  • Chaired panel at VACHA Trust's National Seminar on ‘Repositioning Women’s and Girls’ Agency for Social Justice’, December 2015
  • SEM-ICTM Forum,Transforming Ethnomusicological Praxis through Activism and Community Engagement, Limerick, Ireland, September 2015
  • Caste - out of the shadows – A conference on caste, inequality and development, SOAS, September 2015
  • Gender Justice/Injustice in South Asia: Feminism, Protest, and the Neo-Liberal State, SOAS, February 2015


  • The International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM)
  • The British Forum for Ethnomusicology (BFE)
  • Society for Ethnomusicology (SEM)


Rasika’s research interests lie in the areas of music and gender, music and caste, socio-economic hierarchies and music, social minorities and marginalization, the relationship between music and social/political movements.