Ahona Palchoudhuri

Research Interests Aesthetic Experience, Seasonal Life, Music and Sound Studies, South Asia, India


Areas of Interest

Ahona’s interests lie at the intersection of aesthetics, ethics, and the environmental humanities. Her current project looks at seasonality, ritual, and forms of musical performance in rural West Bengal. Ahona uses the Indian Classical monsoon raag Malhar to examine the ways in which sound and rain attune to one another in everyday life. By doing so, she hopes to work towards an understanding of the “classical” that is rooted in its embodied relation to forms of life, and human and non-human rhythms. Before coming to Brown, Ahona studied English Literature at Delhi University, Social Anthropology at the London School of Economics, and taught Critical Writing at Ashoka University.

Previous Degrees

  • B.A. in English Literature from Delhi University
  • M.Sc. in Social Anthropology from London School of Economics


    Social Science Research Council International Dissertation Research Fellowship (2020-21)
    Open Graduate Fellowship in Musicology and Ethnomusicology (2020-21)
    Andrew Mellon Fellowship in the Collaborative Humanities (2018)