Adrian’s extensive knowledge of Indian music is supported by an extensive research background in music. He has a Ph.D. in Ethnomusicology from Monash University, Melbourne. He was awarded a prestigious 3 year post-doctoral fellowship by the Australian Research Council hosted by e School of Media, Communication and Culture, Jadavpur University, Calcutta (1996-1998). In 1999-2000 he was a visiting research fellow at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta. He was a lecturer in the Dept of Contemporary Music Studies at Macquarie University Sydney from 2004-2013 and was also the acting director of the Indian Research Centre at Macquarie University from 2011-12, In 2013 he received a prestigious creative fellowship at the State Library of Victoria.

Adrian is currently a senior lecturer in ethnomusicology at the School of Music, Monash University, Melbourne. Over the years he has taught at the University of Melbourne, the Victorian College of the Arts and Hong Kong University. He has also been a guest lecturer in Jadavpur University (Kolkata), University of Pennsylvannia, Hong Kong Performing Arts Academy and elsewhere.

Publications include:


Inventing the Sarod: A Cultural History  Kolkata, Seagull Books, 2004

Book Chapters

Tagore, Rabindra Sangeet and Interculturality: Then and Now’ in Rabindranath Tagore, Datta, G. (Ed.), forthcoming 2014.

‘Making Modernity Audible’ in Das Gupta, Amlan Music and Modernity: North Indian Classical Music in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction Kolkata: Thema 2007

‘Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place: Post-colonialism and the Dynamics of Teaching Ethnomusicology’ in Australia in Aflame with Music: A Hundred Years of Music Making, Melbourne: University of Melbourne Press, 1996.

Journal Articles

Theorising Improvisation in Hindustani Music (forthcoming)

Ragas, Recipes and Rasas Oxford University Press, Ethnomusicology on line handbooks (forthcoming) 2014

Introduction: Asian modernities, musical traditions and strategies of engagement Perfect Beat: Special Edition on Cultural Nationalism in Asia Vol 12 No 1, 2011

Tawaif, Military Musicians and Shia ideology in pre-Rebellion Lucknow South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies 2009 click here to download .pdf

Improvisation as Conversation: A Cross Cultural Perspective, Journal of the Indian Musicological Society (38) 2007. click here to download .pdf

Mirasis: Some thoughts on Hereditary Musicians in Hindustani Music in Context (32) 2007click here to download .pdf

Making Modernity Audible: Sarodiyas and their Strategies in the Journal of South Asian Studies, Dec 2004 click here to download .pdf

Representing Indian Music in Australia Currency Press Companion to Australian Music, Sydney: Currency Press, 2003.

Riaz: Liminality and the Outsider Conference Proceedings, Sangeet Research Academy Mumbai, 2000.

Four articles in the Oxford Companion to Australian Music, Oxford University Press, 1997.

Indian Music in the West: An Australian Perspective on Issues of Definition, Representation and Cultural Ownership Conference Proceedings, Sangeet Research Academy, Bombay, 1996.

Politicising a Musical Tradition: Religious Fundamentalism and Musicians in North India, Context 11 (Winter) 1996.

A Mouse, a Frog, the Hawaiian Guitar and World Music Aesthetics Perfect Beat: The Pacific Journal of Research into Contemporary Music and Popular Culture Vol 2 (3) 1995.

Why Hindustani Musicians are Good Cooks: Analogies Between Music and Food in North India, Asian Music, Vol. 25, Fall 1993-94. click here to download .pdf

Australia maiñ Hindustani Sangeet aur uska Itihas (Hindi) Devanagari, Vol.1. No.1. 1992 (The History of Indian Music in Australia).

Conferences Convened

Principal convenor of national Indian conference entitled, Music in the Age of Reproduction: Tradition, Innovation and Enterprise, held at the Centre for Social Sciences, Calcutta, 17th-18th June, 1999.

Principal convenor convener of an international conference The Cultural Consequences of Globalisation: The Case of Music held at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta 4th – 6th February 1998.

Conference and Research Papers

Conceptualising a Political Economy of Musical Sound in the Digital Age, Paper presented at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences Calcutta, India (August 2002).

Thinking about Hyper-modernity: A Sound Start Presented in the Research Seminar Series, School of Music-Conservatorium, Monash University (June 2002).

Sound Thinking: Philosophies of Musical Sound in India and Elsewhere Presented in the Research Colloquium, Dept of Music, Hong Kong University (December 2001).

Grammy Bhatt after the Meeting: Unravelling the Dialectic of the Indigenous in World Music.  Trajectories Conference: Centre for Contemporary Music Studies, Macquarie University (March 2001)

Riaz: Liminality and the Outsider National Centre for the Performing Arts, Mumbai, India (March 2000).

Making Modernity Audible: Sarodiyas and their Strategies Conference on Music in the Age of Reproduction: Tradition, Innovation and Enterprise, held at the Centre for Studies in Social Sciences, Calcutta (June 1999).

Kiska Sarod, Kiska Itihas? (Whose instrument, whose history?): Negotiating Claims of Ownership in a Musical Tradition, 1999 Ranajit Karelakar Memorial Lecture, Jadavpur University, Calcutta (April 1999).

Communalism, Corporatisation and Conflict: Some Issues of Cultural Ownership in Contemporary Hindustani Music, Research Seminar presented to the Melbourne South Asian Studies Group (1997).

Indian Music in the West: An Australian Perspective on Issues of Definition, Representation and Cultural Ownership Sangeet Research Academy, Bombay, 1996.

Religious Fundamentalism and Music Cultures in North India, Research, Seminar, Dept. of Music, Hong Kong University, Hong Kong, 1995.

Caught between a Rock and a Hard Place: Post-colonialism and the Dynamics of Teaching Ethnomusicology in Australia The Conservatorium of Music Centenary Conference, Faculty of Music, University of Melbourne, 1995.

Migration, Musicians and Mohullas: Sarodiyas in 18th and 19th Century Hindustan Paper presented in the Department of South Asian Studies, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia 1994.

More on Music and Food Analogies in North India Paper presented in the Department of Music, University of California, Berkeley, USA.

Exploring the Margi-Desi Metaphor as an Aesthetic Device in Indian Music, Paper presented at the IXth World Sanskrit Conference, Melbourne, 1994.

Other Publications


  • DVD – (Wrote and directed) Short film on Indian music and food for international commercial release.
    Annotated and Produced accompanying Live concert of Indian music
    Melbourne:, 2003.