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 performace 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.
Introduction by Pallabi Chakravorty & Nilanjana Gupta PART I Can the Subaltern Dance 1. Dancing off-stage: Nationalism and its 'Minor Practices' in Tamil Nadu by Kalpana Ram 2. Another Time, Another Space…Does the Dance Remain the Same? by Urmimala Sarkar-Munshi 3. Folk Culture in Front of Serious Challenge: A Case Study on the Tribes of North Bengal by Samar Biswas & Somnath Bhattacharjee 4. The Problematics of Tradition and Talent in Indian Classical Dance by Sreeparna Ghosal 5. Dance for Recovery, Healing, and Rehabilitation: Kolkata Sanved Way by Sohini Chakraborty PART II Globalization of Indian Dance 6. The Ownership of Indian Classical Dancing and Its Performance on the Global Stage by Mandrakanta Bose 7. Negotiating Identity: Dance and Religion in British Hindu Communities by Ann David 8. Local/Global Histories of Bharatnatyamy by Payal Ahuja PART III Aesthetics Embodied and Embedded 9. It Matters For Whom You Dance: Audience Participation in Rasa Theory by Uttara Coorlawala 10. Manipuri Dance: A Lyrical Manifestation of Devotion by Sruti Bandhopadhyayay 11. Swayed by Love: Dance in the Vaishnava Temple Imagery of Bengal by Pika Ghosh 12. Remixed Practice: Bollywood Dance and the Global Indian by Pallabi Chakravorty PART IV The Gendered Dancing Body 13. The Daring Within: Speaking Gender through Navanritya by Aishika Chakraborty 14. Re-Exporting 'Tradition': The Transcultural Practice of Kathak in Kolkata and the Creation of a New Female Body by Monica Dalidowicz 15. The Lords of Dance: Changing Fortunes by Vikram Iyengar PART V Alternative Histories 16. The Politics of Memory: the Rise of the Anti-hero in Kathakali by Mundoli Narayan 17. Guru Surendranath Jena: Subverting the Reconstituted Odissi Canon by Alessandra Lopez Royo 18. Courtesans and Choreographers: The (Re)Placement of Women in the History of Kathak Dance by Margaret Walker