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Afroz Taj

Associate Professor

Department of Asian and Middle Eastern Studies

India Related Research

Taj’s research and teaching center around South Asian media, with emphasis on the film industry and television. His book, “The Court of Indra and the Rebirth of North Indian Drama,” explores the origins of the Urdu-Hindi musical theater in mid-nineteenth-century Lucknow. His current project focuses on the dynamics of the transition from the Parsi theater to early sound films in the 1920s and 1930s. He is also working on a book on 20th century Urdu magazines including "Shama" and "Khilauna." His broader research interests include Urdu popular culture, the aesthetics of cinema, film-making techniques and technologies, and the history of Bollywood. Afroz co-directs the UNC Summer in India study abroad program every summer, and curates the weekly live radio show "Geet Bazaar" every Sunday morning on WKNC 88.1 FM HD-1.

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