Eshantha Peiris

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Up-country Drumming in 20th-century Sri Lanka: a Social History of an Evolving Musical Vocabulary
Faculty of Arts
Michael Tenzer
Sri Lanka
Killam Doctoral Scholarships
Why did you decide to pursue a graduate degree?

Having worked before with musician communities in Sri Lanka, I was interested in further researching the musical and social dimensions of Sri Lankan traditional musics, and I felt that academia would provide a supportive environment within which this could be done.

Why did you decide to study at UBC?

I was drawn to study ethnomusicology at UBC through the writings of Professor Michael Tenzer, who is now my PhD supervisor. Tenzer’s thought-provoking work with cross-cultural musical analysis has reassured me of the value of music theory in studying oral musical traditions, and inspired me to seek both social context and deeper structural understanding of musics which intrigue me.


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