Bertie Kibreah

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Ph.D., University of Chicago, 2019



Prior to Chicago, I immersed myself in the study of Hindustani classical music at the Ali Akbar College of Music in San Rafael, California. There, I learned tabla in the tradition of the Lucknow Gharana with Pandit Swapan Chaudhuri. I further studied percussion and harmonium in Bengal, as well as the dotara lute. I obtained my PhD in ethnomusicology at the University of Chicago in 2019. My dissertation, Banter and Bricolage at the Burial Chamber: Dialectical Devotionalism in Bangladesh, examines Bengali-ness through shrine performance, and the manner in which a music-focused piety is conjured through an improvised and dialectical compositional style.