Sukanya Sarbadhikary

Assistant Professor

I work at the interface of the anthropology of religion, anthropology of embodiment, religious studies, and philosophy. I try to locate the body, senses, intuition, experience, imagination, and sacrality, in the interstices of everyday lives and strong philosophical traditions. In my first work, I did an intensive ethnography among different kinds of Bengal-Vaishnavas, focusing on diverse experiences of religious place and sensory apprehensions of divine affect. My first book, The Place of Devotion: Siting and Experiencing Divinity in Bengal-Vaishnavism’ (University of California Press) was published in 2015. I am also passionately interested in aesthetics and music, and their relations with sacred embodiment. I am currently working on a range of devotional instruments, communities involved in their making, playing, listening, meditating, and associated traditions of sonic metaphysics in Bengal. I also work more broadly in the area of South Asian devotion, including recent works on Orissan Jagannath worldviews, and tantric-devotional lifeworlds.


Presidency University,
86/1 College Street, Kolkata - 700073,
West Bengal, India

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