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Jan 14, 2020
At a time of nationwide protests, India's classical artists are missing a culture of dissent, and this needs fixingAn absent culture of dissent is not a new feature in classical dance, given that the relationship of classical dancers with the society is heavily mediated by the state’s cultural machinery. As societies from across the world are leaning on their youth for leading the fight for a better tomorrow, there might be no better moment than now for the classical dances to reflect on what an education in classical dance is truly meant to serve.
Dec 01, 2019
Classical dance and appropriation: How to think about a field whose foundations rest on cultural violenceGiven that classical dance entered the upper caste communities through the process of appropriation (first by denying the hereditary dancers their right to perform, then adopting the same dance tradition while continuing to deny them the right to perform) it might seem rather obvious that the present day classical dancers should be aware and respond to this past that they continue to benefit from. The reality however couldn’t be further away from this.
Jul 25, 2019
How the guru-shishya parampara of Indian classical dance is navigated within a householdExplaining the absolute surrender demanded of the guru-shishya parampara, Vyjayanthi Kashi says that as a six-year-old student learning under a 40-year-old guru, she was strongly discouraged from complaining about him, everything he said about dance was the ultimate
May 11, 2019
Revanta Sarabhai's interpretative Bharatanatyam recital showcases his contemporary take on the ‘dancer-deity’ paradigmRevanta Sarabhai's In the Shadow of the Gods has been a work in progress for some time now, it was introduced properly on stage in its present format as recently as January 2019 and has been previously showcased at Ahmedabad, Bangalore and Pune
Oct 12, 2018
TM Krishna on #MeToo in Indian classical arts: Halo around artists has given them licence to abuseDiscussing #MeToo and the world of Indian classical arts, TM Krishna says, 'While there are some wonderful aspects to the guru-shishya parampara, if we do not accept that it is also a convenient platform for abuse of various forms, we are failing students'
Sep 07, 2018
Performance blues: Should artists acknowledge mistakes made on stage, or hope the audience hasn't noticed?This then is the paradox of performance. One must care about avoiding mistakes but, fearing mistakes is not the way of art
Jul 19, 2018
Kathak's conundrum: Amid appreciation for outward dazzle, is genuine artistry in danger of being overlooked?In today’s world of many distractions and fast-track achievements, a disciplined, patient learning of the art form such as Kathak becomes rare
Jul 15, 2018
Sonal Mansingh on Rajya Sabha nomination: 'It's a validation of Indian art, culture and tradition'Sonal Mansingh is as modest about her recent Rajya Sabha nomination as she is about the numerous other honours she’s received through a nearly six-decade career.
Dec 24, 2017
Pt Birju Maharaj on living, breathing and dreaming Kathak: 'Art will never betray you'In a conversation with Firstpost, Kathak legend Pandit Birju Maharaj looks back on his long journey in dance
Oct 07, 2017
An Odissi performance at JNU raises questions about upper-caste cultural appropriationKrittika Mondal's recent Odissi rendition at JNU was remarkable for what it left out