Korom Grabs Guggenheim

Professor Frank Korom received a 2006 Guggenheim fellowship that will help him complete Singing Modernity, a book about how performers of the Indian state of West Bengal have adapted the application of the ancient art form of singing a narrative ballad while a painted version of the story is unrolled frame by frame to modern audiences, themes, and economics. Korom, a former curator for the museum and a current Professor of Religion and Anthropology, is creating a catalogue for the exhibition. He has written several books, including South Asian Folklore, due out in April, and hopes to complete his book on the scroll painters by next year.