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Resources and PDF articles about the history of traditional and classical Indian dance forms.
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Pandanallur Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai and Ponniah Pillai with Ram Gopal

Pandanallur Meenakshi Sundaram Pillai and Ponniah Pillai with Ram Gopal | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

From "The Great Pillai Gallery" http://www.saivaneri.org/pillai_greats.htm 

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Special Issue on Performance Studies | The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies

Special Issue on Performance Studies | The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
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Mallika Thalak - Timeline Photos | Facebook - Muthuswami Pillai

Mallika Thalak - Timeline Photos | Facebook - Muthuswami Pillai | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
Father (Muthuswamy Pillai) and Son (my guru, VSM Selvam)
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Dance by Manipuri Women

Dance by Manipuri Women | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

Circa 1910-1920.

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Note the only mildly-stiffened upper skirt.

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Temple Dances of South India

Temple Dances of South India | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
Temple Dances of South India
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An article written by Alarmel Valli for Lonely Planet.

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Mystery of a Manuscript (Manipuri Dance, Guru Bipin Singh)

"This curious case of a manuscript on Manipuri dance that Manipuris regard as an outright and clumsy forgery is an illuminating example of the Procustean framing of Manipuri culture for inclusion in an official modern Indian culture. It is also a throwback to the early 20th century when many of the Manipuri elite aspired to be a part of Indian culture.

The Bishnupriya origins of Guru Bipin, the accused in the case, with this Assamese community claim to a Manipuri identity based on the community's closer Hindu and Indian affinities, is probably relevant here. The case is therefore generally seen as an attempt to legitimize the efforts to establish a school of Manipuri dance on the Indian mainland under Guru Bipin. Ironically, it has probably fueled the anti-Indian backlash in Manipur of the last 40 years."

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The Nautch girls. Indian dancers.

The Nautch girls. Indian dancers. | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
The Nautch girls. Indian dancers. National costumes of India. Indian classical folk dancers. Dance costumes.
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Dance gains respectability

Dance gains respectability | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

Left: "E .Krishna Iyer (left) as actor, singer and dancer playing the part of Malavika in Kalidasa's Malavikagnimitra"

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Dance of the monks (Sattriya dance)

Dance of the monks (Sattriya dance) | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

"GHANAKANTA BORA BARBAYAN, Sattriya guru and scholar, adapted the dance for stage performances without diluting the purity of the form. He got the Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 2001..."

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Marg - A Magazine of the Arts - September 1959 Vol 12 (XII) Number 4 Kathak

I’m reading Medium Raw on Scribd… This issue of the Marg magazine, published in September 1959, is dedicated to Kathak, the North Indian classical dance form. It is a landmark issue, and has been widely quoted in other publications on this subject.
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Rhythm Incarnate - Tribute to Shanti Bardhan

Rhythm Incarnate - Tribute to Shanti Bardhan | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
In Contemporary India Classical Dance Became Extinct, Except In South India, Where Bharat Natyam Was Still Performed In The Temples By Deva Dasis, And In Eastern India, Specially In Orissa And Manipur, Where Odissi, Chou And Manipuri Were In Active...
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Performing Gender and Sexuality in Early 20th Century India - Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan

Performing Gender and Sexuality in Early 20th Century India - Rajalakshmi Nadadur Kannan | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

"The dimension of embodiment of music and dance permitted by patriarchy represents a dichotomy between the soul and the body in which the soul is the pure inner sphere that connects the performer to the divine, whilst the body represents the material outer sphere that needs to be removed from the context. Women as custodians of this inner spiritual sphere were to learn and perform these arts, thus embodying them, but had to remove the erotic from their performances, which were seen as belonging to the sacred inner space. This solidified the understanding that ‘true religion’ was sacred and must be distinguished from the non-sacred."

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Re-Scribing Tradition: Modernisation of South Indian Dance-Drama by Guru Rao Bapat (2012)

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"This work is a study of the process of change, transition and transformationthat has taken place in the traditional dance-drama forms of South India.The four forms under study here are Yakshagana of Karnataka, Kathakali of Kerala, Terukkuttu of Tamilnadu and Kuchipudi of Andhra."

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"Modern Rendition of Ancient Arts: Negotiating Values in Traditional Odissi Dance | The Rupkatha Journal on Interdisciplinary Studies in Humanities

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Introduction to Theatre in India

Introduction to Theatre in India | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

An introductory online textbook by David Mason, PhD, Associate Professor of Theatre, Rhodes College.

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"Song of India"

"Song of India" | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
During the countercultural '60s, American bands and artists had grown fascinated with South Asian music . But the first recorded group of South Asian performers arrived in the 1880s as dancers, jugglers, and snake charmers, Satya Gummurli explains.
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Guru Gopinath Natanagramam

Guru Gopinath Natanagramam | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

"Guru Gopinath was born in 1908 to a family whose menfolk had for generations appreciated and engaged in the performance of the art form Kathakali. Naturally Gopinath too started practicing dancing from boyhood and adopted dancing as his life's career. Later in 1972, Gopinath joined the Kerala Kalamandalam, the celebrated training centre for Kathakali. The American dancer with Indian connections, Ragini Devi..."

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Banned bodies: Why women and her dance become an immoral icon

Banned bodies: Why women and her dance become an immoral icon | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
Banned bodies: Why women and her dance become an immoral icon
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Pinterest - Nautch, Real and Imagined

Pinterest - Nautch, Real and Imagined | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
Pinterest is a visual discovery tool that you can use to find ideas for all your projects and interests.
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Interesting collection of images...

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Maddy's Ramblings: Mata Hari the femme fatale and Malabar

Maddy's Ramblings: Mata Hari the femme fatale and Malabar | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

History has many an interesting character but there is only one person whose name is synonymous with spying, espionage, intrigue, and sensuality, it is none other than Mata Hari, a purported German spy who was executed by the French during the First World War...

When she started her sensuous dancing show career in Paris, she announced…"I was born in the south of India on the Malabar Coast to a Brahmin family. My father was called Ashirvadam, known for his piety and pureness of heart. My mother was a dancer who died giving birth to me; she was only 14. The priests who adopted me gave me the name Mata Hari and I was raised in the great underground world in the temple of Shiva."...

The major attraction of Mata Hari was, of course, her brazen novelty in the prudish prewar Paris. She converted stripping into an artistic, exotic and acceptable format, now cloaked inside a Hindu religious dance form as though it was always the norm in Malabar (while the concept of Dasiattam was very much in vogue in Malabar and the Tamil speaking Kongunadu, stripping was not a custom though some classes of women were uncovered above their hips - in contrast, Mata Hari always covered her breasts)...

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Facebook

Facebook | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it
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"The first Ves costume designed for Vajira by Somabandhu Vidyapathy" (from Chitrasena Dance Company's Facebook page). Sri Lankan, not Indian, but a great archival photo.

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Vintage Indian Clothing - Posts Tagged "Nautch"

Vintage Indian Clothing - Posts Tagged "Nautch" | Indian Dance, History, and Scholarship | Scoop.it

"A brief and absolutely non-linear pictorial history of Indian fashion. And the women who are much more than their (often) fabulous clothes."

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A great collection of photographs about nautch dancers, historical costume, and factual tidbits.

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Report: South Asian Dance in the New Millenium - Ann David, Andree Grau

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Starting on page 15 is an excellent overview of the body of scholarship on South Asian dance as of mid-2007.

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