Associate Professor Gregory David Booth

BMusEd (cum laude) (Temple) , MMus , PhD Music (Kent State)


Academic Director, School of Social Sciences

Research interests

Ethnomusicology: Hindi film, music and culture; brass bands and processional music of India; Hindustani classical music (tabla); oral tradition and cognition.


Research | Current

  • Music and the media in South Asia
  • Popular music in South Asia
  • Music industry and intellectual property in South Asia
  • Musicology and musical semiotics of the Mumbai cinema 

Greg is a expert on the music cultures of India, where he regularly conducts ethnographic and historical research. He has a background in classical Indian music and has also undertaken lengthy ethnographic research into the world of Indian brass bands (Brass Baja: Stories from the World of Indian Wedding Bands, Oxford, 2005). He is an Associate Director of the New Zealand India Research Institute.

Greg is a leading scholar on the music and musicians of the Mumbai commercial cinema (Bollywood); a topic on which he speaks and publishes widely. His current research focuses on the Indian music and film industries, the role of technology and developments in Indian copyright law and practice. He presents academic papers in India, Japan, Europe, the United States, New Zealand, and Australia as an invited lecturer and at professional conferences. He acts as a referee for the Society for Ethnomusicology and the Journal of Asian Studies, and regularly examines graduate research on Indian music.

Associate Professor Greg Booth's Research

Teaching | Current

ANTHRO 103 Musics of the World

ANTHRO 106 Issues and History in Popular Music

ANTHRO 202 Music and Identity in World Music Cultures

Areas of expertise

India, Hindi cinema, world music, music, technology, economy, copyright

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Booth, G. D. (2017). A long tail in the Digital Age: Music commerce and the mobile platform in India. Asian Music, 48 (1), 85-113. 10.1353/amu.2017.0004
  • Booth (2015). Copyright Law and the Changing Economic Value of Popular Music in India. Ethnomusicology, 59 (2), 262-262. 10.5406/ethnomusicology.59.2.0262
  • Booth, G. D. (2013). R.D. Burman and Rhythm: "Making the Youth of This Nation to Dance". BioScope: South Asian Screen Studies, 3 (2), 147-164. 10.1177/097492761200300204
  • Booth, G. (2013). Gender, Nationalism, and Sound: Outgrowing "Mother India". In S. Trnka, C. Dureau, J. Park (Eds.) Senses and Citizenships: Embodying Political Life. London; New York: Routledge.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Julie Park
  • Booth, G. D. (2011). Preliminary thoughts on Hindi popular music and film production: India's 'culture industry(ies)', 1970-2000. South Asian Popular Culture, 9 (2), 215-221. 10.1080/14746689.2011.569075
  • Booth, G. D. (2010). "Burman-dada Was Total Indian" - Issues of Style, Genre and Indigeneity in S. D. Burman’s Film Songs. Journal of the Indian Musicological Society, 40, 6-28.
  • Booth, G. D. (2010). The Adventures of Gulshan Kumar in Section 52: Responses to Copyright and State Regulation in the Indian Music Industry. Paper presented at Society for Ethnomusicology 55th Annual meeting, Los Angeles, CA. 10 November - 14 November 2010.
  • Booth, G. D. (2009). Der 'Fremde' Einfluss In R.D. Burmans Diskurs Und Musikalischer Praxis. In Claus Tieber (Ed.) Fokus Bollywood: Das indische Kino in wissenschaftlichen Diskursen (pp. 67-82). Vienna: Lit Verlag.


Contact details

Primary location

Level 8, Room 812
New Zealand

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