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Dance Matters: Performing India

 
Pallabi Chakravorty (Editor) Nilanjana Gupta (Editor)
Synopsis This volume presents a multidisciplinary perspective on dance scholarship and practice as they have evolved in India and its Diaspora, outlining how dance histories have been written and re-written, how aesthetic and pedagogical conventions have changed and are changing, and how politico-economic shifts have shaped Indian dance and its negotiation with modernity.. Written by eminent and emergent scholars and practitioners of Indian dance, the articles make dance a foundational socio-cultural and aesthetic phenomena that reflects and impacts upon various cultural intercourses -- from art and architecture to popular culture, and social justice issues. They also highlight the interplay of various frameworks: global, national, and local/indigenous for studying these diverse performance contexts, using dance as a critical lens to analyse current debates on nationalism, transnationalism, gender and sexuality, and postcolonial politics. At the performance level, some articles question the accepted divisions of Indian dance (‘classical’, ‘folk’, and ‘popular’) and critique the dominant values associated with classical dance forms. Finally, the book brings together both experiential and objective dimensions of bodily knowledge through dance.
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About the author

Nilanjana Gupta

Nilanjana Gupta teaches English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and her passion is popular culture.

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Bibliographic information

Title Dance Matters: Performing India
Format Hardcover
Date published: 31.12.2009
Edition 1st ed.
Language: English
isbn 9780415553759
length 342p.,