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Kamalini Hegde

PhD Student


  • M.PHIL Sociology, University of Hyderabad (2021)
  • M.A Sociology, Jawaharlal Nehru University (2018)
  • B.A (Hons) Sociology, Lady Shri Ram College, University of Delhi (2016)


I am a first year PhD student at the department of South Asia studies, and my research interests broadly centre around questions of cultural practice in South Asia, configurations of tradition and modernity in post-colonial discourses on art, the intersections of aesthetics and politics, and performance pedagogy. Having been trained in sociology in India, I like to approach these issues from the disciplinary lenses of sociology and social anthropology. Most recently in 2021, I submitted an M.Phil thesis titled, "The Promise of Practice: Meanings and Makings in Odissi Dance Pedagogy", to the Department of Sociology, University of Hyderabad.

Research Interests

Cultural Practice in South Asia; Social and Cultural Anthropology; Tradition and Modernity in Postcolonial cultural discourses; Aesthetics and Politics; Performance and Dance studies.