A committed group of professionals is working passionately on this project in order to create a narrative for the IME that is compelling, authentic and comprehensive.
Gallery Content Research
AIIS Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology The Archives and Research Center for Ethnomusicology of the American Institute of Indian Studies, (ARCE) is a major archive of music and oral traditions of India, with approximately 25000 hours of audio visual recordings preserved and made accessible to users. These include voluntary deposits from scholars and collectors from India and all over the world.
Dr.Shubha Chaudhuri has been with the ARCE since its inception in 1982, and took on the role of Director since 1985. Her work has involved archiving collections from all over India and South Asia, giving her broad exposure to musical and performing traditions over 25 years.
Subject Matter Experts
Shubha Mudgal - A trained Hindustani classical musician is today one of the most versatile and popular performers in India. Equally at ease with khayal and thumri-dadra as with Indipop and contemporary cross-cultural experiments, Shubha is also recognized as a composer.
V. Sriram is a noted author. He has been doing considerable work on the history of Chennai and the history of Carnatic Music. He writes frequently on these subjects for The Hindu, Madras Musings and Sruti, the classical arts magazine.
Sriram Parasuram - An engineering graduate and an MBA from IIM Calcutta, Sriram Parasuram is a much sought after Carnatic and Hindustani vocalist and violinist. He is a popular speaker on music traditions, their linkages and roots.
Naresh Fernandes is a journalist from Mumbai, who currently edits Time Out magazine's editions in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. He is the author most recently of the title essay of Bombay Then, Mumbai Now, a photographic book about the city's historical and comptemporary development.He is currently working on a book on how jazz influenced Hindi film music in the middle of the last century.
Arjun S Ravi is a music journalist. He founded Indiecision, India's leading resource for music news and opinion. Arjun was the executive editor of popular youth magazine JAM. He has also written for several national and international publications.
Instrument Exhibit Curator
Rolf Killius is a museum consultant, exhibition curator, ethnomusicologist, sound recordist, film producer and editor and radio journalist whose work appears in a variety of contexts. He works in exhibition curating, academic research, music and sound production, film production and editing, and the delivery of music, dance and arts events, especially related to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal.