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Dance Matters Too
Markets, Memories, Identities

ISBN 9781138215511
Published February 7, 2018 by Routledge India
322 Pages 49 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Dance Matters Too: Markets, Memories, Identities is a rich intellectual contribution to the growing field of dance studies in India. It forges new avenues of scholarly inquiry and critical engagement and opens the field in innovative ways. This volume builds on Dance Matters (2009), which mapped the interdisciplinary breadth of the field. The chapters presented here continue to underline the uniqueness of a field that is a blend of critical scholarship on aesthetics and performance with the humanities and social sciences.

Including diverse material, analytical approaches and perspectives from scholars and practitioners, this multidimensional volume explores debates on dance preservation and tradition in globalizing India, multimedia choreographies and the circulation of dance via electronic media, embodiment and memory, power, democracy and bourgeoning markets, classification and censorship, and corporatization and Bollywood.

This tour de force will appeal to those in dance and performance studies, cultural studies, sociology as well as to readers interested in tradition, modernity, gender and globalization.

Table of Contents

  1. Dance Matters II: Introduction

Pallabi Chakravorty and Nilanjana Gupta

Part 1

  1. Mah Laqa Bai: The Remains of a Courtesan’s Dance
  2. Scott Kugle

  3. Conflict between Cultural Perpetuation and Environmental Protection: A case study of Ritual Performance in North Malabar, South India
  4. Yoshiaki Takemura

  5. Bodies and Borders: The Odissi Costume Controversy
  6. Nandini Sikand

  7. I know it and I name it as I do it: Embodied Practice as a key to understand Performance
  8. Shruti Ghosh

  9. Cosmopolitan Then and Cosmopolitan Now: Rabindranrtiya Meets Dance Reality Shows
  10. Pallabi Chakravorty

    Part 2

  11. Corporatisation of Dance: Changing Landscape in Choreography and Patronage since Economic Liberalization in Bengaluru
  12. Veena Basavarajaiah

  13. Negotiating Space for Dance within the Spectrum of Contemporary Performing Arts in a Globalised India: The Experiences of an Indian Arts Manager
  14. Arshya Sethi

  15. Bollywood Dance: Desire for the ‘Other’
  16. Indrani Das Gupta

    Part 3

  17. Rasalila Remixed: Tracing the Dances of an Image
  18. Pika Ghosh

  19. Why Dance Today In India? The Role of Dance Performances in an Era of Transdisciplinarity: A Philosophical Approach
  20. Jean-Fredric Chevallier

  21. Playing Dance and Dancing Music: The Work of Intimacy in Kathak
  22. Ameera Nimjee

  23. Embodiment, Reflexivity and Practice-as-Research in Indian Dance: A Case Study
  24. Parthana Purkayastha

  25. Remixing Natya: Revanta Sarabhai’s LDR and Post Natyam Collective’s Super Ruwaxi: Origins
  26. Sandra Chatterjee and Cynthia Ling Lee

    Part 4

  27. Dancers and Critics: Re-viewing Tagore
  28. Aishika Chakraborty

  29. Pedagogy of Manipuri Dance: In and beyond the Temple Premise
  30. Sruti Bandopadhay

  31. Text, Context and Interpreter: Understanding the Paradigms of Sattriya Dance and Dancer in the Changing Space
  32. Anwesa Mahanta

  33. Why dancing the sensual sculptures matters?: Considering a sensory paradigm for Odissi dance

Sabina Sweta Sen


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Pallabi Chakravorty is Associate Professor and Director of the Dance Program in the Department of Music and Dance at Swarthmore College, USA.

Nilanjana Gupta is Professor of English at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India.