Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity in India
This is the first critical study of Kathak dance. The book traces two centuries of Kathak, from the colonial nautch dance to classical Kathak under nationalism and post-colonialism to transnationalism and globalization. Reorienting dance to focus on the lived experiences of dancers from a wide cross-section of society, the book narrates the history of Kathak from baijis and tawaifs to the global stage.
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aesthetic anthropology Appadurai argued artists Arundhuti audience baijis Banerjee became Bengali Bhakti Bharatanatyam Birju Maharaj Bollywood brahman Calcutta centre Chapter choreographers classical dance classical Indian dance classical Kathak commodity contemporary context Coorlawala costumes court courtesan created cultural dance forms dance-drama Delhi devadasi Devdas discourse dominant elite emerged emotion erotic ethnographic festival genre gharana ghazal global guru guru-shishya Hindi film Hindu ibid identity ideology innovation Jaipur Jaipur gharana Kathak dancer Kathak Kendra knowledge Krishna Kumudini Lakhia Lucknow Lucknow gharana Madame Menaka male Menaka middle class movement narrative nationalist nautch dancers nautch girls North Indian Nritya Nupur Dance Academy Padatik parampara patriarchal performance politics popular postcolonial practice production public modernity public sphere Radha rasa relationship ritual riyaz Sangeet Shambhu Maharaj social songs structure styles Suchandra symbols tabla tawaifs teacher television thumri tion tradition transnational Umrao Jaan various Western women dancers