Anaar Desai-Stephens, Instructor
I’m Anaar, a 2016-2017 Randel Teaching Fellow and a Ph.d. candidate in Musicology at Cornell. My research focuses on reality music TV shows in contemporary India as sites of cultural aspiration and personal transformation. My interest in teaching this course is two-fold: Firstly, Hindi film songs are central to the practices of aspiration and transformation that I trace. Secondly, I’m a big fan of Hindi films (now known as “Bollywood”) and film songs! I am also a musician and performer, and I look forward to melding intellectual discursive analysis with creative and exploratory forms of inquiry.