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Founding Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum

Date & Time

Friday Fri, 2 Jul 2021


Location (for BIC Venue, BIC Hybrid and BIC Cafe)

Bangalore International Centre
7, 4th Main Road, Domlur II Stage
Bengaluru, Karnataka 560 071 India
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+91 98865 99675 bic@bangaloreinternationalcentre.org

Reggae is a music genre that originated in Jamaica in the 1960s and its popularity quickly spread around the world, in large part due to Bob Marley. In this talk, Bob Santelli traces the roots of this genre, its musical characteristics, its key themes and messages including socio-political criticism, and its resonance around the world.

This is the second talk in the series on “music from around the world” in collaboration with the Indian Music Experience Museum.

About the Indian Music Experience Museum

The Indian Music Experience Museum (IME) is India’s first interactive music museum. Located in JP Nagar, Bengaluru, the IME is a non-profit initiative supported by the Brigade Group. The vision of the IME is to introduce the youth to the diversity of Indian music and to preserve India’s rich musical heritage. The IME comprises hi-tech multimedia Exhibit Galleries, a Sound Garden, a Learning Centre for music education, and several performance spaces.

The IME’s work spans across Exhibition, Conservation, Audience Development, Education and Community Outreach. Besides museum visits, the IME hosts a wide variety of public programs, both in-person and online. The IME’s online activities include regular events, online exhibits on the Google Arts and Culture platform, and the curation of www.chowdiah.com, a digital archive on violin maestro Mysore T Chowdiah. The IME is an institutional affiliate of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles.

More details about the IME can be found at www.indianmusicexperience.org.


Bob Santelli

Founding Executive Director, GRAMMY Museum

Bob Santelli is the Founding Executive Director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. A noted blues and rock historian, Santelli is the author of more than a dozen books on American music, including Greetings from E Street and The Bob Dylan Scrapbook. He has contributed to Rolling Stone and The New York Times, among other news outlets.

Prior to his work at the GRAMMY Museum, in 1993, he was one of the original curators of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, eventually moving to Cleveland to become the museum’s first director of education and vice president of public programs. In 2000, he became the chief executive officer of the Experience Music Project in Seattle, the first interactive music museum. Santelli also developed the UK’s first pop music museum, the British Music Experience. Named executive of The GRAMMY Museum in 2006, he created “An Evening With…” series that featured in-depth interviews with artists such as Dave Matthews, Brian Wilson, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Nicks and Clive Davis. Bob Santelli was the curator of Ravi Shankar: A Life In Music. It was the first major exhibit on Ravi Shankar in the US, and opened in 2015 .

A former music journalist who spent much time in Jamaica during reggae’s heyday, Santelli forged relationships with many of the music’s greats, including Bob Marley, Chris Blackwell, and Toots Hibbert. Santelli is also the curator of an exhibit on the Marley family that is currently on display at the Anguilla Music Academy in Anguilla.