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India Research Centre

Dr. Adrian McNeil

Lecturer in Ethnomusicology, Department of Media, Music Communication and Cultural Studies



Adrian McNeil completed an ARC postdoctoral fellowship hosted at Jadavpur University (Kolkata) 1996-2000, followed by a research fellowship at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Kolkata (2001-2002).

His monograph on the cultural history of the sarod (Seagull Books, 2004) has been cited as the leading authority on the history of that tradition.

Adrian currently convenes the Masters in Contemporary Improvisation program in the Department of Media, Music Communication and Cultural Studies at Macquarie University and is Director of Higher Degree Research in the dept.

He has undergone intensive training according to the guru-shishya parampara (traditional training methods) on the Hindustani instrument, the sarod, for more than twenty five years under Pandit Ashok Roy, Professor Sachindranath Roy and Dr. Ashok Ranade. He regularly performs in major concerts in Mumbai, Delhi, Calcutta, Bangalore and regional centres where his playing attracts critical acclaim. He often appears in the media in India and has performed for National Television and Radio along with leading cable television station Zee TV, and has been interviewed by major national daily newspapers. He regularly performs in Australia, has made a number of recordings for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and Underscore Records (New Delhi) and has toured widely including France and Hong Kong.

Research Interests:

Traditional and Contemporary Music in North India
Cultural Consequences of Globalisation
Political Economy of Music

Practice led research
Improvisation in Music