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Dhivehi-Language Interview with Dr. Garrett Field in the Maldives

In June, Dr. Garrett Field, musicologist in the School of Interdisciplinary Arts and the School of Music, had the opportunity to spend a month in the Maldives to conduct research about Dhivehi-language poetry and song. Since 2015, Field has been studying Dhivehi, the official language of the Maldives. The Maldivian newspaper SunOnline learned about Field's research and filmed an interview with him. 

In the interview, Field discusses the field of ethnomusicology, his research, and sings two raivaru, a type of Dhivehi sung-poetry that involves the scrambling of syllables. Field's current book project is tentatively entitled Adheebun: Dhivehi Poetry, Song, and Linguistics in Twentieth-Century Maldives.

Field is the author of Modernizing Composition: Sinhala Song, Poetry, and Politics in Twentieth-Century Sri Lanka (University of California Press, 2017). 

Also on July 27, 2019, Field was a guest on a Sri Lankan Sinhala-language television show called Thaala Bhashana (Rhythm Chat). Field sang four Sinhala songs and spoke about his book. Here is a video of one of the Sinhala songs Field sang: