AIIS Junior Fellow Rehanna Kheshgi Performs on Tour with Bihu Performers


American Institute of Indian Studies Junior Fellow and graduate student at the University of Chicago Rehanna Kheshgi has been studying Bihu music – a formerly stigmatized rural music genre, now becoming popular via mass media. This spring Ms. Kheshgi was invited to perform with a musician who is the son of Khagen Mahanta, the "King of Bihu," on his April/May 2015 tour of Assam, India. She learned a great deal about language politics and about the stakes of performing traditional music in new styles. Ms. Kheshgi also served as a guest judge on a Bihu reality television show and was interviewed by a local Assamese newspaper about her research.

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