Cultural Passport: Demystifying Traditional Indian Music and Art

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Esha Zaveri


South Asian music and art is flourishing in State College, in large part due to efforts by the Society for Indian Music and Arts, founded by Shri Arijit Mahalanabis, and Dr. Stephen Hirshon, Professor of Art History who are bringing accomplished artists, composers and musicians from around the country, and world to Centre County.

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Esha Zaveri, The Pennsylvania State University

Esha Zaveri is a PhD candidate in the dual-doctoral program in agricultural, environmental, and regional economics, and demography at the Pennsylvania State University. Her primary research interests are in environment and development economics, with a particular focus on climate change impact and adaptation, agriculture, water resources, and migration. More broadly, her research tries to understand how economic behavior interfaces with the natural environment using interdisciplinary tools drawn from the fields of hydrology and the natural sciences. Her current research explores the effects of changing precipitation patterns on irrigation outcomes in India and policy implications for agricultural production and water infrastructure projects. Esha is also a former president of the Society for Indian Music and Arts at Penn State (SIMA).


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