Skip to content

Moynihan South Asia Center: Kinship is Hardship: An Ethnographic Study of the Nachnis of West Bengal, India

341 Eggers Hall

Add to: Outlook, ICal, Google Calendar

Moynihan South Asia Center presents: Saloka Sengupta - Kinship is Hardship: An Ethnographic Study of the Nachnis of West Bengal, India

Saloka Sengupta, Doctoral Student, Department of Anthropology, Indian Institute of Technology Hyberabad

Nachni nach, a dance form from the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, is witnessing tough times in its five hundred year history. Looking at how the nachni moves from one musician to another, this paper explores the redefining of kinship amongst women performers of a folk art form which is in crisis, in the age of the Internet.

Sponsored by the South Asia Center at the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs 

Open to




Contact to request accommodations

Exterior of Maxwell in black and white when there was no Eggers building

We’re Turning 100!

To mark our centennial in the fall of 2024, the Maxwell School will hold special events and engagement opportunities to celebrate the many ways—across disciplines and borders—our community ever strives to, as the Oath says, “transmit this city not only not less, but greater, better and more beautiful than it was transmitted to us.”

Throughout the year leading up to the centennial, engagement opportunities will be held for our diverse, highly accomplished community that now boasts more than 38,500 alumni across the globe.