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Languid Bodies, Grounded Stances: The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance
Nandini Sikand
Price : ₹ 995.00  
ISBN : 9789386392411
Language : English
Pages : 248
Binding : Paperback
Book Size : 153 x 230 mm
Year : 2017
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Territorial Rights : Restricted
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About the Book

Widely believed to be the oldest Indian dance tradition, odissi has transformed over the centuries from a sacred temple ritual to a transnational genre performed throughout the world. Building on ethnographic research in multiple locations, this book traces the evolution of odissi dance and reveals the richness, rigor, and complexity of the form as it is practiced today.

Dance travels via physical bodies, and although odissi is performed the world over, the bodies performing it are defined and restricted by passports, visas, capital flows, language, and gender. Even dancers who do not (or cannot) perform outside their “local” areas must face this new globalism of odissi, and consequently compete for resources with other dancers in local, national and global arenas.

Through interviews with dancers, gurus, writers, critics and presenters, and woven with critical analysis, Sikand, a dancer-choreographer herself, explores how these performers continuously define odissi dance in new and creative ways using the practice of sadhana and odissistan. As author shows, the story of odissi is ultimately a story of postcolonial India, one in which identity, nationalism, tradition, and neoliberal politics dramatically come together.

Languid Bodies, Grounded Stances is relevant to scholars of dance, performance, postcolonial, and women’s and gender studies.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


Introduction: Towards a Global Community

Chapter 1: (Re)writing a History of Odissi Dance

Chapter 2: Choreographing Tradition and the Practice of Sadhana

Chapter 3: Choli Ke Peeche Kya Hain? Or “What’s Behind the Blouse?”

Chapter 4: The Marketplace of Odissi Dance

Chapter 5: Odissistan: Embodying a Sacred Space

Conclusion: Looking Within and Without

Key Informants

Contributors (Author(s), Editor(s), Translator(s), Illustrator(s) etc.)

Nandini Sikand is an odissi dancer, filmmaker and anthropologist. She is the co-founder and co-director of Sakshi Productions, a neoclassical and contemporary dance company, and an Assistant Professor in the interdisciplinary film and media studies program at Lafayette College in Pennsylvania.