Learning Khayal: Notes on Being-with


  • Karin Shankar Pratt Institute




Khayal, improvisation, being-with, South Asian Performance, Global South Performance


This essay is a poetic reflection on how the history and practice of Khayal, an improvisatory North Indian vocal form, provides lessons on being-with an Other. This submission is a form of ficto-critique and is based on the author's musical practice, revived via online lessons during the pandemic. 

Author Biography

Karin Shankar, Pratt Institute

Karin Shankar is an Assistant Professor of Performance Studies in the Department of Humanities and Media Studies at Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY. Her work has been published or is forthcoming in Women & Performance: A Journal of Feminist Theory, TDR, Feminist Teacher, Art India, ASAP/Journal, Performance Matters, and elsewhere.


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How to Cite

Shankar, Karin. 2022. “Learning Khayal: Notes on Being-With”. Performance Philosophy 7 (2):141-44. https://doi.org/10.21476/PP.2022.72367.