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Saroja Ganapathy

Area of Practice

Literary and cultural studies, writing, music, learning design


PhD (Literature and Music, IIT Bombay)

MPhil, M.A., B.A. (English, University of Mumbai)

Work Experience

  • Program Lead, Postgraduate Diploma in Education, Indus Training and Research Institute, Bengaluru
  • Assistant Professor of English, Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore
  • Research Associate, IDC School of Design, IIT Bombay and MOOC coordinator, the College-to-Corporate Program, IIT Bombay
  • Teaching Assistant, Humanities and Social Sciences, IIT Bombay
  • Assistant Professor of English, Ruia College, Mumbai

Interest Areas

Intermediality and Literature, with a focus on music/sound
Literary and music history in India
Teacher education
Learning Design and blended learning

English Language Teaching

Current Practice at Srishti

Project Mentor

Writing Centre Faculty

Creative Practice and Outreach

My doctoral thesis was titled ‘Music Mediation and Literary imagination: Contemporary Narratives of Indian Classical Music’. The exploration was organized around ideas of tradition, classicism and pedagogy in Indian classical music and the experience of musical immersion.

I have carried out post-doctoral work in Kerala on musicians and music reform in Travancore from the early nineteenth century to the mid-twentieth century.

I was the principal investigator on a British Council-funded project on ‘Localizing technology-enabled blended learning’ that focused on practices in English Language Teaching in Indian tertiary education.

‘My MOOC on English for Oral Communication’ runs on IITBombayx:

I recently worked as a learning designer for more than 25 courses in the Indian performing arts by leading artists for the platform ‘Milap’ (to be launched soon).

I recently worked as a learning designer for courses in the Indian performing arts by leading artists for the platform ‘Milap’.

I am a practitioner of Carnatic vocal music:

Recent units facilitated at Srishti

  • Developing Writing Skills
  • Appreciation of Indian Classical Music
  • Interpreting nature: Imaginings of nature in India, past and present

Projects showcase:

1) Creative output inspired by Indian classical music: General Studies, Even Semester 2022-23


‘Bandish book’, by Ms. Saie Gokhale


3D shapes inspired by ragas, by Ms. Gauri Subbaramu


2) ‘Interpreting Nature’: Glimpses of Interlude, 2022-23