Kolkata Soundscapes is a University Grants Commission sponsored archiving project at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, under the University with Potential for Excellence (UPE) program. The Principal Investigator of the project is Prof. Parthasarathi Bhaumik, Assistant Professor at the Department of Comparative Literature, Jadavpur University.
The project aims to view, analyse and record the city of Kolkata through the immeasurable and countless sounds that incessantly permeate its city spaces. It is a journey of listening and noticing how lives in Kolkata are inextricably linked to and engaged with such sounds.
Using modern recording technologies and audio-visual material, this project represents how cultures and climates of sound affect individual lives and how these sounds in turn contribute towards the formation of unique identities both within and around city spaces. While visual representations affect the way we ‘see’ a city, sounds enable us to ‘hear’ what we do not see. By archiving representations of sound in literary and cultural texts, recording acoustic and mechanical sounds, interviewing eminent personalities and common citizens while creating a unique compilation of stories and profiles, this project aims to create an archive of sounds that intersect one another and contribute towards the forces which give the city of Kolkata its characteristic flavour and distinction.