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Bharatanatyam: A Reader

Davesh Soneji (Editor)
Synopsis A dynamic, living cultural practice of modern South Asia, Bharatanatyam is widely recognized as one of the world's fastest growing dance forms. This reader brings together some of the most important essays on Bharatanatyam written over the last two hundred years.

Drawing from history, dance studies, anthropology, women's studies, religious studies, and ethnomusicology, this volume shows how Bharatanatyam has generated complex social histories and varied aesthetic practices. From the earliest essay published in 1806 to pieces by legendary dancers, contemporary artists, and leading dance scholars, this collection captures the multiplicity of voices that constitute this diverse cultural practice. For the first time, this volume opens a window on the history, aesthetics, and personal journeys that have shaped this vital and ever shifting art.

The comprehensive introduction by Davesh Soneji provides a broad understanding of the historical, socio-political, and aesthetic issues in Bharatanatyam alongside a contextual mapping of the sources.
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About the author

Davesh Soneji

Davesh Soneji is Assistant Professor, South Indian Religions, Faculty of Religious Studies, McGill University, Canada.

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Title Bharatanatyam: A Reader
Author Davesh Soneji
Format Hardcover
Date published: 02.02.2010
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 198065396
length lii+410p.