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Dr. Sebanti Chatterjee

Assistant Professor, Humanities and Social Sciences


Sebanti is an anthropologist of sound studies and storyteller. She is a PhD scholar in the Department of Sociology, Delhi School of Economics. A former JU-SYLFF fellow, she was a recipient of the Sylff Research Abroad Award in 2016. Since 2014, she has worked in different capacities with the teams of Bookaroo Trust, Serenade Magazine, Sensing the City, Revue ensemble and also works as a freelancer in the areas of art and education. Her Mphil was titled- Classicism and ‘Dynamism in Western Classical Music: A Comparative study of practices across Bombay, Calcutta and Goa. Her PhD thesis was titled Western Classical Music in Goa and Shillong: Exploring the Indigenous. She has presented her work in various national and international seminars.


  • Guest Lecturer of Applied Sociology, Jadavpur University, Calcutta (October 2012- April 2013) Topics taught: Governance, Social Intelligence, Sociology of Health and Illness, Fashion and trend
  • Trainee Teaching Associate at IIMC, Joka (25th June 2012- 16th September 2012) Topics taught: Marketing Management, Green Business and IT Business Operations, Corporate Social Responsibility, Creative Excellence in Management
  • PhD (Sociology)
  • M. Phil. (Social Sciences)
Award & Recognition

  • Qualified National Eligibility Test For Assistant Professor. UGC Ref.No. 11227 (NET-JULY 2018)
  • Won the Sylff Research Abroad award administered by the Tokyo Foundation for the period 10.10.16-10.12.16 at the Royal Holloway University, London.
  • Awarded the Ordinary ICSSR Doctoral Fellowship for a period of two years, effective from June 15, 2016.
  • Awarded the Sasakawa Young leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF) fellowship (August 2009- July 2010): Worked on the topic- Searching for a professional identity: a Sociological Perspective on Western Classical Musicians of Contemporary Kolkata.
  • Awarded the Best Camper during the Rotary Youth Leadership Award (RYLA) Camp held at IIM, Joka, Kolkata on 27th-29th April 2007.


  • Curated a module on Choral Traditions in India for Sahapedia published on 6.6.19
  •  ‘Performing Bollywood Broadway: Shillong Chamber Choir as the Bollywoods Other has been accepted for publication in the journal ‘Society and Culture in South Asia Volume 6, Issue 2, July 2020 (Forthcoming)
  • 2020. Promises of the Kwai: Discovering Voices that Sing in Rajan Bhumika and Choudhury Suranjana (eds.) Poetics and Politics of the ‘everyday: Engaging with Indias northeast, Café Dissensus (54) ISSN: 2373-177X
  • 2019 (September, published). ‘Childs Play India Foundation - A New mode of Community music making in India in ‘Revista do forum Internacional de Estudos em Musica e Danca, Vol 4 No 4 (2017); 231-239; ISSN: 2184-6138
  • ‘What Score Have You Got? Music Pedagogy in Indian Classroom in Jadavpur University Journal of Sociology, Culture and Social Category, Volume 6, 2013. ISSN 0976-5212
  • Dealing with ‘Western Classical Music in Indian Music Schools. A Case study of in Kolkata, Bangalore, Goa and Mumbai in Knigge, Jens and Niessen, Anne (eds.) (2012). Music Education: Concepts, Practice, and Political Dimensions, Verlag Die Blaue Eule, Essen 2012. ISBN 978-3-89924346-8. Co-authored with Prof. Bernd Clausen.
  • Book Review:  Jose Pereira, Micael Martins and Antonio Da Costa (ed.) 2010. Song of Goa: Crown of Mandos in Jadavpur University Journal of Sociology, Culture and Public Policy, Number 5, February  2012. ISSN 09765212
  • Ambedkar University, New Delhi
  • RA in the School of Undergraduate Studies (May 2018- July 2018)
  • Jadavpur University, School of Womens Studies (May 2013-August 2013)
  • Data Analyst for the project : Gender Auditing in Higher Education
  • New York University, College of Nursing (January 2013-April 2013)
  • Research assistant working on HIV and STD awareness amongst Transgender and MSM group in red light areas in West Bengal 
  • The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) (December 2008)
  • Conducted Survey for “Access to drinking water and sanitation to the schools of Kolkata and in five neighbouring districts of West Bengal” 
  • Association for Social and Health Advancement (ASHA)
  • Undertook a comprehensive situation analysis regarding women workers and its relevance for social, political and economic institutions in the unorganized sector (15th-31st October 2006).


  • German A1 Level, Goethe Institute, Kolkata,
  • Spanish (Ram Krishna Mission, Kolkata; Three Years Course).

Area of Interest

  • Anthropology/Sociology of Music
  • Sociology of Art
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Development, Education
  • Symbolism
  • Sociology of Institutions
  • A keen enthusiast in the areas of art and education Key skills- networking, ideating and curating Storyteller (Children)

  • Deputy Editor for Serenade Magazine (June 2017-March 2018)

  • Creative writing instructor to the group ‘Khirki Collective, under the Mobile Mohalla Project spearheaded by Revue Artists, Sreejata Roy and Mrityunjay Chatterjee , Delhi ( January 2017 –December 2018)

  • Worked as the Project Co-ordinator for Bookaroo Delhi -Childrens Literature Festival; “Kitabein Kuchh Keheti Hain”- Books say something (May 19-June 20 2014).

  • Rotaract movement (RID 3290/3291, 2007-2010) Held the positions of Community service director, Secretary, President and International service director.