Mr. Jason Busniewski
Specialization: Ethnomusicology
Home institution in US: University of California, Santa Barbara
Host Institution in India: Hemwati Nandan Bahuguna Garhwal University, Srinagar, Uttarakhand  
Start date/Month in India: October 2012
Duration of grant: 9 months

Brief Bio:
Mr. Jason Busniewski is a graduate student in ethnomusicology at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) where he studies music and colonialism in South Asia and Irish music in the U.S. He is a member of several professional societies, including the Society for Ethnomusicology, in which he serves as the secretary of the Student Concerns Committee, as well as the Society for Asian Music and the British Forum for Ethnomusicology. His recent conference papers include “Music, Mimesis, and the Crisis of Colonialism in British India,” “Reproducing Regional Styles: Irish Traditional Music in Milwaukee, Wisconsin,” and “Fascination and Cultural Ferment in Early British India,” which received the Ki Mantle Hood Award from the Society for Ethnomusicology’s Southern California and Hawai’i chapter. An avid musician and scholar, Mr. Busniewskie has studied Hindustani violin with Smt. Kala Ramnath; performed in California, Michigan and Egypt with the UCSB Middle East Ensemble; and regularly performs and teaches Irish fiddling in the Santa Barbara area.

Transcultural hybridity and fusion have become common themes in the discourses of India’s globalization, especially in the realm of popular culture, yet the reality of these themes is highly complex. Mr. Busniewski’s Fulbright project, “Postcolonial Sounds: The Great Highland Bagpipe in Garhwal, North India,” seeks to thoroughly document one such complex case, the use of the Great Highland Bagpipe in the folk music of the Garhwal region of Uttarakhand, and to illuminate the instrument’s global and historical context, especially its links to Scotland and the West via current and historical military practice.