Oral Literature & Literate Orality 2014-2015


Sukanya presents on 'Performing [as] Bauls: Renegotiating 'Folk' Identities Through the Lens of Performance'

Meadenhall, Stanford University. January 26, 2015, 12:00pm.

We are delighted to announce Oral Literature and Literate Orality. This Geballe workshop examines the relationship of oral and written literature from a multidisciplinary perspective, considering topics such as the transmission and textualization of folk literature, the interplay between spoken word and written text, and the sociology of reading and performance. We are tremendously excited by our lineup of speakers, coming from across many disciplines, this coming year and hope that you will be able to attend as many sessions as possible.

Sukanya Chakrabarti (TAPS)

'Performing [as] Bauls: Renegotiating 'Folk' Identities Through the Lens of Performance'

"The Bauls are traveling folk musicians and spiritual performers from Bengal. In my dissertation, I analyse how ‘Baul’ has come to signify varied heterogeneous identities over time. The cultural diversity within this community destabilizes the notion of a cohesive, unified homogenous group belonging to a pure and authentic past."



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.