Dr K Kalyani is a sociologist and current Assistant Professor of Social Science, at the School of Arts and Sciences, Azim Premji University, Bengaluru. She researches social inequalities, gender, intersectionality, cultures of caste, sociology of music, and subaltern studies. Her upcoming book is published by Cambridge University Press.

She was awarded her doctorate degree in Sociology from the Centre for the Study of Social Systems (CSSS), Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU), New Delhi. She has previously worked for the Julian J Studley Graduate Program in International Affairs, The New School, New York City, and has also served as lecturer at Delhi University. She has contributed her research to journals and edited volumes, including Social Change (Sage), Contemporary Voice of Dalit (Sage), Journal of Social Inclusion Studies (Sage), J-Caste (Brandeis University) and Local Development and Society (Taylor&Francis). She has published edited volumes with Cambridge University Press, Routledge, Springer publication and others. A believer in social justice, she also occasionally writes for the media and other public forums.


12 June 2024
‘Defiance, Disobedience and Dialogism: Exploring the multiple trajectories of anti-caste music’

Organised by the Center for South Asian Studies, Seminar Series. University of Cambridge


  • 2024 “Music as an Anti-Caste Counterpublic: Notes from North India”. Social Change. Sage.   1-15. DOI: 10.1177/00490857241252697
  • 2023 “Repertoires of Anti-Caste Sentiments in the Everyday Performance: Narratives of a Dalit Woman Singer”. Caste: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion. J-Caste. 4(2): 213-229. US: Brandeis University. DOI: 10.26812/caste.v4i2.679
  • 2022 “Aesthetics and Politics of Dalit women’s writings within Indian Pedagogic practices”.     Contemporary Voice of Dalit. Sage Publication. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/2455328X221122588
  • 2022 “Resistance in Popular Visuals and Iconography: A study of Dalit-Bahujan Calendar Art in North India”. Journal of Social Inclusion Studies. April 2022. 64-85. Sage. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1177/23944811221087489
  • 2022 “Emergence of Dalit Art Entrepreneurs: Exploring anti-caste songs as the new-creative industry in North India.”. Local Development and Society. 2(1):59-73. Routledge, Taylor & Francis. DOI: 10.1080/26883597.2022.2045087
  • 2021 “The Culture-economy of Beauty Industry in Popular Magazines”.  Journal of Sociology, Jadavpur University. 11(11):36-54. ISSN: 0976-5212
  • 2020 “Tathagata Buddha songs: Buddhism as religion and cultural-resistance among Dalit women singers of Uttar Pradesh. Caste: A Global Journal on Social Exclusion. J-Caste. US: Brandeis University. P. 51-62. October 2020. (ISSN: 2639-4928) https://doi.org/10.26812/caste.v1i2.184
  • 2020 ‘Gaze’ and ‘Bodies’ in Popular Print: Understanding the Changing Representation of Women in Visual Culture, Journal of Media and Communication, 4​(1)​: ​47- 63. (eISSN: 2581-513X) http://jmc.cutn.ac.in/docs/JM&C2020JunePaper4_21122020.pdf
  • 2017 “Changing Patterns of Sexuality in Caribbean: Indian Diaspora and Popular Culture”. Global Research Forum on Diaspora and Transnationalism. Vol.2 No. 8: 5-14. (ISSN: 2454-3675) https://grfdt.com/PublicationDetails.aspx?Type=Working%20papers&TabId=9088

Book Reviews

  • 2023 Anna Johansson and Stellan Vinthagen, Conceptualizing ‘Everyday Resistance’: A Transdisciplinary Approach (New York: Routledge, 2020), xiv + 212 pp. In South Asia Research, 43(3). London: Sage Publication. DOI: 10.1177/02627280231191393
  • 2021 ‘The University as a Site of Resistance: Identity and Student Politics’ by Gaurav J. Pathania. Contemporary Voice of Dalit. New Delhi: Sage Publication. DOI: 10.1177/2455328X211029436

Chapters in Books

  • 2023 Kalyani, K., & Singh, S. (2023). Music as the Language of the Bahujan Movement: Locating the Social History of the Dalit Shoshit Samaj Sangharsh Samiti. In S. Pai, D. Babu, & R. Verma (Eds.),Dalits in the New Millennium (pp. 115-132). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. ISBN: 978-1-009-44160-5. doi:10.1017/9781009231220.007
  • 2023 Pathania, Gaurav J. and K. Kalyani. (2023). “Contextualizing the Emergence of Dalit Studies in Indian Academia”. In ed. Critical Perspectives on the denial of Caste in Educational Debate: Towards a Nonderivative Curriculum Reason by Joao M. Paraskeva. U.S.: Routledge. Routledge. DOI: 10.4324/9781003155065-10. ISBN: 9780367725105
  • 2020 “Popular culture and changing gender roles: A study of Indian Diaspora in the Caribbean”. In ed. Women in the Indian Diaspora: Historical Narratives and Contemporary Challenge by Amba Pande. Singapore: Springer Publication. ISBN: 978-981-15-1176-9. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-15-1177-6_15


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