Sourav Saha is a scholar of Sociology and a music practitioner curious about the role played by sound and listening in everyday life. Questions like: What is Sound? What does it mean to listen to something? How do we learn to hear and listen? or, How do we make sense of the world we live in through various ways of listening? - have erected the foundation of his doctoral research project. In his doctoral work he seeks to understand how religion, sound and body intersect in the creation and fostering of new notions of the public sphere and distinct subject formations. In doing so, he is currently conducting an ethnographic study of sound and listening based rituals performed and practiced by the members of the Deoghar-Satsang community in understanding how multiple senses operate through a mutual nexus and contribute to the formation of new religious (as well as political) identities in the twenty-first century India. Located at the interface between the anthropology of religion, anthropolgy of senses and anthropology of sound, the aforementioned project attempts to examine the potential of sound and listening not only as an object but as well as a tool of conducting anthropological research, whereby both sound and listening emerges as a methodological tool to explore and expand the possibilities of observation, analysis and articulating ethnographic accounts.
Merit Scholarship - Guitar, Swarnabhoomi Academy of Music, India.
Short-term Research Fellowship, Centre for Modern Indian Studies, University of Goettingen, Germany.
AUFF Screening Grant, Graduate School of Arts, Aarhus University, Denmark.