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Dr. Kheshgi is an ethnomusicologist whose research focuses on gender, sexuality, and the body at the intersections of popular, folk, and sacred music and dance performance in India. She is currently working on a book that explores contemporary performances of gender and sexuality through Bihu, the springtime Assamese New Year's festival. Dr. Kheshgi's research has been recognized with support from the American Institute of Indian Studies, the American Association for University Women, the Fulbright Program (2017-2018 Fulbright Scholar in India), and the Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University (2016-2017 Postdoctoral Fellow).

Her article "Navigating Generational Frictions Through Bihu Festival Performance in Assam, India" was published in MUSICultures (2017), and her essay "Performing Assam in Urban Spaces: Bihu on the City Stage" was published in the edited volume Sounding Cities: Auditory Transformations in Berlin, Chicago and Kolkata by LIT Verlag (2018). She has presented at regional and national meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology, as well as the Annual Conference on South Asia at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Dr. Kheshgi is a graduate of Goshen College (Bachelor of Music), the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London (Master of Music), and she earned her Ph.D. in ethnomusicology from the University of Chicago in 2016. A vocalist trained in Western Art Music, Hindustani classical music, among other genres and traditions, Dr. Kheshgi employs musical performance as part of her research methodology and is a member of Sumunar Gamelan and Dance Ensemble in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Performance videos:

Singing Assamese Folk Songs (Tokari Naam) with Roshmirekha Saikia at the US Consulate in Kolkata, India (2018)

Singing Assamese Folk Songs (Goalparia Lokogeet) with Roshmirekha Saikia at Panchakala Utsav organized by Panchasur at ITA Centre, Machkhowa, Guwahati, Assam, India (2017)

Singing Hindustani Classical Tarana in Rag Khamaj with Kathak dancer Ameera Nimjee and Bertie Kibreah on tabla, at the 2014 UChicago Convocation. 

Singing Assamese Folk Songs (Bihu) with Papon and Band during Bihu Tour (2015)