Since November 2000 the British Library Sound Archive (BLSA) in London and Rolf Killius (partly with Jutta Winkler) have been working on the project Traditional Music in India (TMI), to record, document and research folk, devotional and ritual musics of India. The work is done with assistance from the Archives and Research Centre for Ethnomusicology (ARCE) in Delhi and with Indian researchers and musicians based in the project areas. So far this work is mainly carried out in the following areas:

  1. • The kshetram (bigger temple) and kavu (smaller temple) art forms of Kerala 
  2. • The musical genres on Majuli in upper Assam 
  3. • Adivasi music in Bastar (Chattisgarh, central India) 
  4. • The music of the Buddhist Monpa in the eastern Himalayas (Arunanchal Pradesh) 
  5. • Musical genres of the Sora Adivasi in eastern India (Orissa, Andhra Pradesh) 
  6. • Desert music from Banni in Kutch (Gujarat) 
  7. • Baul minstrels from West Bengal 
  8. • Devotional music in Orissa 
  9. • Music of the Chakma people in eastern Mizoram (north east India) 
  10. • Village minstrels of Andhra Pradesh

The Future of the Past’s Music ARCE Dehli