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Bells of Change

Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity In India

This is the first critical study of Kathak dance. Bells of Change 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.

240 pages | 13 halftones | 6 x 9 | © 2008

Art: Art--General Studies

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Table of Contents

Introduction: Locating Dance
From Petty Nautch to Classical Kathak
Media Mediations, Public Modernity and Changing Patronage
Kathak in Everyday Practice and Women´s Lives
Tradition and Innovation
Dancing into Modernity

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