Rasika Ajotikar, M.A.


Rasika Ajotikar is a PhD candidate and a Felix scholar in the Music department at SOAS, University of London. Currently in the final stage of her PhD, Rasika’s research focuses on women’s musicianship and anti-caste politics in contemporary Maharashtra, India. She holds an M.A in Anthropology (2013) and B.A in Philosophy (2010) from University of Pune, India. She studied North Indian classical vocal music for a number of years and has a degree (Sangeet Visharad, 2010) in the same. Being a singer-songwriter, Rasika has also been collaborating with the anti-caste cultural movement in Maharashtra.

DFG-Project "Materiality and Knowledge. The Aesthetics of the Music Archive as an Institution"

As part of the DFG-Projekt, "Materialität, Wissensordnung, Institution. Die Eigenästhetik des Klangarchivs", Rasika will be examining the van Lamsweerde collection through a postcolonial perspective and will explore the aesthetics and relevance of sound archives for contemporary musical practices and scholarship.
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