"Don't do Kathak in haste. Don't go for an item [dance number]. It hurts the complete emotion of doing. Items will happen, applause will come in too; instead, go steady, let the art mature": Pandit Birju Maharaj's parting words from a 2017 exclusive interview.
Despite often 'failing' Bechdel test, women-centered duets present dance as a site for gender-informed dialogue
While the test of course suffers from deficits, which have been extensively discussed by many film scholars, can it be used to analyse dance duets as a form of embodied conversation?
In Sofia Coppola's film on New York City Ballet's spring gala, every step of the way tells a story without words
Sofia Coppola's films have always had an understated choreographic elegance. Even though they are not about dance, that is exactly what they do: They dance.
D’Amboise died on Sunday at his New York City home from complications of a stroke.
Usha Iyer on her book Dancing Women, a deep dive into the material and cultural production of dance in Hindi cinema
Through her latest book, Usha Iyer provides an in-depth and discursive study of the history of the labour of producing on-screen dance — from the 1930s to the 1990s — and how over the years it has produced unique constructions of gender, sexuality, stardom and spectacle in and around the realm of Hindi cinema.
India's Best Dancer, launched on 29 February, will air the grand finale episode on 22 November at 8 pm on Sony Entertainment Television.
As Indian classical dancers go online in lockdown, an initiation of critical dialogue on the insularity of their craft
The pandemic has shown that it can subvert the long-held narratives around the practice of classical dances, to have a critical self-reflective voice, which has remained largely absent thus far.
Saroj Khan passes away: The innovative choreographer reinvented form to make dance widely accessible
It is perhaps easy to draw great dance out of great dancers like Madhuri Dixit and Sridevi. But Saroj Khan made even the heavy-footed dance with abandon.
Saroj Khan passes away: A masterful choreographer, who spruced up traditional dance forms with 'a dazzle of Bollywood'
“I was in a man’s job, trying to get a foothold. And I didn’t give up," Saroj Khan had said in her 2019 TEDx Talk.
As the arts grapple with fallout of coronavirus crisis, can a more inclusive way be found through the pandemic?
Existing outside screens and in physical bodies literally constitutes the “flesh and bones” of the performing art sector, or so it seemed until it came under the crushing weight of COVID-19 crisis. The crisis has forced the intensely embodied field into the disembodied realm of Zoom screens.
International Dance Day: Madhuri Dixit-Nene announces virtual dance festival during lockdown due to coronavirus outbreak
The virtual dance festival includes masterclasses by Saroj Khan and Farah Khan and a performance by Madhuri Dixit and Pandit Birju Maharaj.
80-yr-old US man's 'social distance dance-off' with granddaughter during COVID-19 outbreak melts hearts around the world
To overcome the lockdown phase during COVID-19, the duo decided to have fun together by performing daily dance-offs across the street.
To fill vital gaps in dance education, three educators address how a more critical practice could be achieved
The designers of Performance Practice (Dance), a Master's programme at the Ambedkar University, Delhi, have decided that it must neither be heavy on text or theory, nor should it focus on one specific form. It also encourages students to become the agents of their own learning, unlike more traditional one-on-one relationships with teachers, which tend to seep into the students' personal lives
With its emphasis on training rather than education, ‘learning’ in classical dance requires an urgent and critical rethink
Learning in classical dance is conceptualised more as training than an education. A student is taught to effectively embody an aesthetic through physical training, with little reflection on what it means to do so historically, socially or politically.
Yeh Ballet movie review: Sooni Taraporevala cleverly blends the personal with the political, fiction with reality
With Yeh Ballet, Sooni Taraporevala fashions an engaging piece of fiction from her 2017 documentary.
Davesh Soneji on Indian classical dance, working with hereditary artists: 'We need a new, radical epistemology and political grammar'
Withstanding the test of time, Davesh Soneji's book Unfinished Gestures has emerged as a potential litmus test, for academicians and classical dancers alike, to reflect on their response, towards the hereditary community of artists.
Ganesh Acharya refutes Saroj Khan's allegations of maligning Cine Dancers Association, poaching dancers
Ganesh Acharya dismissed allegations levelled against him by Saroj Khan, who accused Acharya of exploiting his dancers and using his position to malign the Cine Dancers Association (CDA).
Bhangra Paa Le movie review: Sunny Kaushal is yet to hit his stride, thanks to a contrived screenplay and feeble script
A musical needs catchy numbers but out of the 10 songs in Bhangra Paa Le, the only memorable ones are remixes.
From temples to royal courts, and the proscenium stage: A social history of Indian performance spaces
A proscenium stage born in the West posits a distance between audience and performer to offer a visual experience. Yet, why is it that classical dance, which vehemently claims its origins in a text on Indian aesthetics, most widely performed on a proscenium stage? The history of performance spaces in India is a deeply sociological one.
The unique relationship of the classical dance industry with marriage was born in mid-20th century India, when the Devadasi system was abolished and dance was appropriated into the upper caste.