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A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Sarah Morelli

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
book
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This book provides the first ethnographic examination into the life of and the community formed around Pandit Chitresh Das, one of India’s most dynamic, outspoken, and captivating dancers. Born in ... More


Inside the Mask: Pantomime from the Performers' Perspective

Ruth Webb

in New Directions in Ancient Pantomime

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
January 2009
ISBN:
9780199232536
eISBN:
9780191716003
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199232536.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Plays and Playwrights: Classical, Early, and Medieval

This chapter explores the art form of pantomime through the perspective of the performer and attempts to get ‘behind the mask’ and discover the dancers themselves as living, breathing, embodied ... More


Form and Freedom in Kathak Performance

Sarah Morelli

in A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.003.0007
Subject:
Music, Dance

In Pandit Chitresh Das’s kathak community, a full-length kathak solo was considered the primary rite of passage for a senior kathak student transitioning into a performance career. This performance ... More


Encountering the Dance

Sarah Morelli

in A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter introduces readers to North Indian classical kathak dance as developed and transmitted by Pandit Chitresh Das. After grounding readers in basic concepts relevant to kathak and the ... More


Dancing History

Sarah Morelli

in A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.003.0002
Subject:
Music, Dance

Utilizing vignettes from the autobiographical production, Sadhana, this chapter examines diverse influences informing the history of kathak, the sociohistorical context in which Pandit Chitresh Das ... More


On the American Stage

Sarah Morelli

in A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter situates Pandit Chitresh Das’s work within the history of first-generation Indian Americans and other South Asian culture bearers who helped influence US attitudes toward India’s culture ... More


Dancing Gender

Sarah Morelli

in A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.003.0005
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter considers stylistic developments in Pandit Chitresh Das’s manner of teaching and performing kathak through the lens of Indian gender theory. In the 1980s and 1990s, Pandit Das began ... More


Dancing Unity, Articulating Difference

Sarah Morelli

in A Guru's Journey: Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
May 2020
ISBN:
9780252042867
eISBN:
9780252051722
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.003.0006
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter examines various metaphors that Pandit Chitresh Das and his dancers employed to represent diversity within the Chitresh Das Dance Company, and ways they discussed ethnic and racial ... More


The Performance of Gender

Scott Kugle

in When Sun Meets Moon: Gender, Eros, and Ecstasy in Urdu Poetry

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2017
ISBN:
9781469626772
eISBN:
9781469626796
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/northcarolina/9781469626772.003.0011
Subject:
Religion, Islam

Literary historians look to Mah Laqa Bai to play a feminist role. This chapter examines gender roles (both masculine and feminine) in Islamic society in the Deccan and of how gender is portrayed in ... More


Elephants and Mughals, Contraltos and G-Strings: How Elgar Got His Englishness

Nalini Ghuman

in Resonances of the Raj: India in the English Musical Imagination,1897-1947

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
August 2014
ISBN:
9780199314898
eISBN:
9780199372959
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199314898.003.0003
Subject:
Music, History, Western

This chapter examines Elgar’s masque, The Crown of India – produced at the London Coliseum in 1912 to represent the imperial Darbār/Durbar of George V—against the spectacular failure (announced at ... More


“Our Love Was Not Enough”: Queering Gender, Cultural Belonging, and Desire in Contemporary

Sandra Chatterjee and Cynthia Ling Lee

in Queer Dance

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780199377329
eISBN:
9780199377350
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199377329.003.0003
Subject:
Music, Dance

This essay recounts and analyzes the Post Natyam Collective’s process of creating the contemporary abhinaya work, “rapture/rupture.” Working in a feedback loop between theory and practice, it ... More


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