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Performance at the Urban Periphery
Insights from South India




ISBN 9780367903381
Published June 30, 2022 by Routledge
270 Pages 51 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This edited volume considers performance in its engagement with expanding Indian cities, with a particular focus on festivals and performances in Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala.

The editors ask how performance practices are affected by urbanisation, the effects of such changes on their cultural economy, and the environmental impacts of performance itself. This project also considers how performance responds to its context, and the potential for performance to be critical of the city’s development, and of its own compromises. Bringing together perspectives from the humanities, natural and social sciences, the book takes a multi-faceted analytical view of live performance, connecting contemporary with heritage forms, and human with more-than-human actors.

The three sections, themed around heritage, everyday life, and future ecologies, will be of great interest to students and scholars in performance, heritage studies, ecology and art history.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements

List of contributors

List of images

Introduction

Cathy Turner, Jerri Daboo, Sharada Srinivasan, and Anindya Sinha

1 The spaces of everyday performance

Narendar Pani

Photo essay 1: Maha Shivaratri, 2018: a journey through Bengaluru

Cathy Turner and Anne Fenk with photography by Siddarth Sumitran

Part one: heritage

Introduction: heritage

Cathy Turner, Jerri Daboo, Sharada Srinivasan, and Anindya Sinha

2 Crossing thresholds: transgressing space, identity and performance in the Urur-Olcott Kuppam Vizha in Chennai

Jerri Daboo

3 Performing craft, crafting performance: from the tangible to intangible in craft and performance heritage

Sharada Srinivasan

4 Staging the temple as a living experience of a distant past

Smriti Haricharan

Photo essay 2: Heritage performances at Tripunithura

Cathy Turner

Part two: everyday life

Introduction: everyday life

Cathy Turner, Jerri Daboo, Sharada Srinivasan, and Anindya Sinha

5 The production of locality at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2016)

Cathy Turner

6 Spectacle and subversion at the Kochi-Muziris Biennale (2018)

Cathy Turner

7 Performing the digital city: flash mob performance and social exclusion in Bengaluru’s ‘new’ India

Rebecca Savory Fuller

Photo essay 3: fermented frontier: between north and south

Lawai BemBem

Part three: environment

Introduction: environment

Cathy Turner, Jerri Daboo, Sharada Srinivasan, and Anindya Sinha

8 Musings from the Vrishchikotsavam of Tripunithura: the uncertain future of the performing temple elephants of Kerala

Sreedhar Vijayakrishnan and Anindya Sinha

9 Primate performances in a contact zone: interspecies communication and benefaction in a synurbising forest of Southern India

Sarada Natarajan and Anindya Sinha

10 Performing the Poromboke at the Urur-Olcott Kuppam Vizha, Chennai

Sharada Srinivasan and Cathy Turner

Photo essay 4: on the threshold of Urur Kuppam

Cathy Turner

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Editor(s)

Biography

Cathy Turner is Professor of Drama at the University of Exeter.

Sharada Srinivasan is Professor of Archaeology in the School of Humanities at the National Institute of Advanced Studies, Bengaluru.

Jerri Daboo is Professor of Performance at the University of Exeter.

Anindya Sinha is Professor of Animal Behaviour and Cognition at the National Institute of Advanced Studies in Bangalore, India, and Honorary Research Fellow at the College of Humanities in Exeter University, UK.