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Reflections of Dance along the Brahmaputra
Celebrating Dance in North East India

  • Available for pre-order on June 27, 2023. Item will ship after July 18, 2023
ISBN 9781032452388
July 18, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge India
256 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This volume brings a critical lens to dance and culture within North East India. Through case studies, firsthand accounts, and interviews, it explores unique folk dances of Indigenous communities of North East India that reflect diverse journeys, lifestyles, and connections within their ethnic groups, marking almost every ritual and festival. Dance for people of North East India, as elsewhere, is also a way of declaring, establishing, celebrating, and asserting human’s relationship with nature.

The book draws attention to the origins and special circumstances of dances from North East India. It discusses a range of important folk-dance forms alongside two key classical dance forms in North East India, Manipuri and Sattriya. The essays examine how these dance forms play an important role in the region’s socio-cultural, economic, and political life, intertwining religion and the arts through music, dance, and drama. Further, they also explore how folk dance cultures in North East India has never been relegated to the background, never considered secondary, aesthetically, or otherwise, but have become expressions of political and cultural identity.

An evocative work, this volume will be of interest to students and researchers of pedagogy, choreography, community dance practice, theatre and performance studies, social and cultural studies, aesthetics, interdisciplinary arts, and more. It will be an invaluable resource for artists and practitioners working in dance schools and communities.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction 2. Historical context/ mapping the ethnic communities of North East India and their dances 3. Interviews with ethnic dancers of NE India 4. Sannidhi – A Confluence: Reflections on a journey through Dance in Assam 5. History of the arts in the Sattras 6. Interviews with Sattra monks 7. Kherai Dance Of the Bodos: A visual manifestation of an aesthetic system 8. The Dance and the Dancers: The Indigenous Performance in the Ritual of Hudum Deo 9. Interviews with school dance teachers of NE India 10. Interviews with professional dancers 11. Interviews with studio teachers 12. Dance and cultural identity - dance for self-assertion and for protest 13. A Life Journey: An autoethnographic account of a Professional Sattriya Dancer 14. Dances in the margins - the "improper" dances of NE India 15. Dance and media - reality shows - social media - how has these impacted the dances? 16. Dance and gender 17. Dance and education/Conclusion

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Ralph Buck is an award-winning teacher and academic leader. Ralph’s research has been featured at the UNESCO Second World Conference on Arts Education. He is on the International Editorial Boards of Research in Dance Education (RIDE) and Journal of Dance Education (JODE). He has collaborated with UNESCO in raising the profile in arts education around the world. He initiated, advocated for and planned UNESCO’s International Arts Education Week. He is on the Council for the World Alliance for Arts Education. Ralph’s research and publications focus upon dance teaching and learning and community dance.

Barbara Snook is a Professional Teaching Fellow and Senior Research Fellow at the University of Auckland where she is currently engaged in researching the use of arts integration in primary school classrooms. She is also currently serving as an adjunct Professor at the Tezpur University in Assam Barbara was the Caroline Plummer Fellow in Community Dance at the University of Otago in 2008. She is a successful author of dance textbooks widely used in Australia and New Zealand and was the recipient of an Osmotherly Award in 2007 for services toward the development of dance education in Queensland Australia. Barbara is currently researching in the area of dance for older adults.

Debarshi Prasad Nath is based in the Department of Cultural Studies at Tezpur University, Assam, India. Debarshi was the Principal Investigator for a partnership programme with UNICEF India, working on the empowerment of adolescents using folklore as a medium of communication, focussing primarily on folk music and dance. Debarshi’s wide ranging academic areas of interest are evident in his critical contributions from Cultural Theory to Contemporary Cultural Practices. His wide-ranging interests are reflected in his publications, covering areas of translation, literature, folklore, films, societies and cultures in transition.