Documentation and cataloging of Konstantinos Kalaitzis’ collection of Indian musical instruments at the University of Athens

PG student Sathya Kassimi successfully presented her dissertation in the Postgraduate Program “Museum Studies” of the National & Kapodistrian University of Athens on the topic: “Recording and documentation of the collection of Indian musical instruments of Konstantinos Kalaitzis and a proposal for its museological promotion”.

Sathya Kassimi’s ground-breaking work received excellent comments and was unanimously designated by the examining committee as a work of reference for the bibliography from now on.

The committee that examined and approved the work consisted of associate professor of Anthropology and Folklore Vassiliki Chryssanthopoulou, assistant professor of Archaeology, Folklore and Museology Nadia Maha and professor of Ethnomusicology Lambros Liavas.

We hope that this work will receive due support from the relevant bodies in Greece, the EU and India and together with Konstantinos Kalaitzis’ book on Indian Music recently published by ELINEPA will form the basis for the establishment of the first museum of Indian Musical Instruments in Europe, thus justifying the valuable life work and vision of the collector and musician Konstantinos Kalaitzis.