Shubha Chaudhuri

Shubha Chaudhuri trained in Linguistics with a Phd from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, has dabbled in publishing and since 1982 has been at...

The Archive Configured and Reconfigured

What is an archive today and how has the definition changed over the past decades? How do audiovisual archives differ from paper and document archives? And what does an original mean when it is rooted in the technology of replication and reproduction?

The history and evolution of audio visual archives is inextricably bound with that of recording technology and in fact the field of ethnomusicology. Changing technology is a fact of life for archivists who grapple with these issues on an every day as well as long term basis. However the greatest change has been that which has been brought with digital technology and the internet, which has changed how recordings are created, stored, shared and distributed. Many basic concepts hace changed, including those of rights - who may access what and why and perhaps why not? And yet at the core of it all is the most basic archival impulse - preservation.

We are delighted to invite Shubha Chaudhuri - archivist, advocate, fieldworker - to Mumbai Local. She will share with us her journey in running an ethnomusicology archive from the times when it was mainly for academic use, through the age of digitisation and all the possibilities it presents. We will get to hear a uniquely Indian story of technology meeting raw rural expression, of communities getting involved in archival activity, and of cross-cultural exchanges with audiences that the meeting of the archive and digitisation allows.

Look forward to an evening with fascinating stories of evolving archival practices, a move towards community involvement to the point of defining the archive, and a sense of the creative, joyful play involved in the running and imagining of an archive of today.

We look forward to seeing you at this Mumbai Local. And as always, a request - please send this email on to at least 5 of your friends who would be interested. Help us spread the inspiration!

@ MCubed Library, Bandra (W) - 1st Sat, 5 pm
@ Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum, Byculla (E) - 2nd Sun, 5 pm
@ Kitab Khana, Fort - 3rd Fri, 5:30 pm

Shubha Chaudhuri trained in Linguistics with a Phd from the Jawaharlal Nehru University, has dabbled in publishing and since 1982 has been at the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies. Since then audio visual archiving and ethnomusicology have been the adopted and even accidental disciplines.

Her fieldwork has been in Western Rajasthan, Goa and Kutch.

Publications include "Bards, Ballads and Boundaries : an ethnographic atlas of music traditions" with Daniel Neuman and Komal Kothari, and Global perspectives on audio visual archives in the 21st centuryed with Anthony Seeger.

She has been involved in training in audio visual archiving and been a consultant for the Ford Foundation, WIPO, UNESCO, and other bodies. More recently Shubha has been involved with Intangible Cultural Heritage as a trainer working in Nepal Bhutan and Lao.

Venues Dates Time
Dr Bhau Daji Lad Museum Sun 11 Feb 05:30 pm to 07:00 pm Available
12-100 yrs
1 hr , 30 min
Museum entry charges apply(Rs. 10/-). Pre-register now to save your seat.