Center for South Asia - Graduate Student Brown Bag Series

Brown Bag Session

Sukanya Chakrabarti presents on “Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity”

Encina Hall West, Room 208, Stanford campus. October 9, 2014.

In her talk on 9 Oct 2014, Sukanya will ask, “Who are the Bauls?”

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We kick off the first of this year's talks at the Center for South Asia’s Graduate Brown Bag Series with Sukanya Chakrabarti's “Performing [as] Bauls: Reimagining Performance, Identity and Spatiality Between Tradition and Modernity.” A doctoral candidate at the Department of Theater and Performance Studies, Stanford, Sukanya's research includes the spiritual and therapeutic possibilities of theater and performance, religion, rituals, folklore, gender studies, and multiculturalism. In her research, Sukanya traces the changes in the identities of the Bauls, itinerant folk singers of Bengal, employing a performance-ethnographic approach.

Based on Fieldwork Research in India and Bangladesh

About the Graduate Brown Bag Series

The Center for South Asia’s Graduate Brown Bag Series is a forum for graduate students to showcase their ongoing work. At the CSA Graduate Brown Bag Series, grad students will present their work and receive feedback from their peers and professors, all while enjoying a delicious lunch provided by CSA. The Series aims to be an opportunity for cohort-building among grad students at all stages of their degree and provides a venue for workshopping ideas.



Sukanya Thumbnail I am an artist-scholar and Assistant Professor in Theatre Studies at the School of Theatre and Dance, San Francisco State University. I received my doctoral degree in Theater and Performance Studies at Stanford in June 2016. My dissertation, completed under the guidance of Dr. Jisha Menon, was awarded the Charles R. Lyons Memorial Prize for Outstanding Dissertation. My research project was supported by the Graduate Research Opportunities Award in Stanford, which facilitated my fieldwork in India and Bangladesh during the summer of 2013 and 2014; and the Wisch Fellowship by the Center for South Asia, Stanford University, for my work in South Asian theater and performance studies. My training and specialization are in the area of oral history; postcolonial and ethnic studies (with a focus on South Asian performance studies); ethnomusicology; dramatic literature; transcultural theater and performance; experimental devised performances; and community-based performance-making.


It would be wonderful to hear back from you, and you can always reach me via email.

Sukanya C.