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Tejaswini Ganti

Tejaswini Ganti
Associate Faculty


Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology
Faculty of Arts & Science

Education: BA 1991, Northwestern University; MA 1994, University of Pennsylvania; PhD 2000, New York University
Courses: Culture & Media 2 [Grad]; Visual Cultures of South Asia [Grad]; Anthropology of Media [UG]; Visual Anthropology [UG]; Anthropology of South Asia [UG]

Tejaswini Ganti is an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology and its Program in Culture & Media at New York University.  A visual anthropologist specializing in South Asia, her research interests include Indian cinema, anthropology of media, production cultures, visual culture, cultural policy, nationalism, neoliberalism, capitalism, ideologies of development and theories of globalization.  She has been conducting ethnographic research about the social world and filmmaking practices of the Hindi film industry since 1996 and is the author of Bollywood: A Guidebook to Popular Hindi Cinema (Routledge 2004; 2nd edition forthcoming) Her most recent book Producing Bollywood: Inside the Contemporary Hindi Film Industry (Duke 2012), examines the social and institutional transformations of the Hindi film industry from 1994-2010.  She has also written about the politics of commemorative rituals around cinema in Bombay, Hindi filmmakers’ practices of remaking Hollywood films, and the Hindi film industry’s complex relationship to censorship.  Additionally, she has produced the documentary, Gimme Somethin’ to Dance to! (1995) which explores the significance of bhangra music for South Asians in the U.S.