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Sebanti Chatterjee

Assistant Professor,



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 topic is 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


MPHIL. (Social Sciences; Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Kolkata); PhD (Sociology; Delhi School of Economics, Department of Sociology Submitted Awaiting Viva)

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 1, January 2020 (Forthcoming)

‘Childs Play India Foundation - A New mode of Community music making in India has been accepted for publication in ‘Revista do forum Internacional de Estudos em Musica e Danca Volume 4, 2019 (Forthcoming)

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 Women's 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