An international seminar and dance demonstrations
Organised by Tiziana LEUCCI (CNRS-CEIAS, Paris), Dominic GOODALL (EFEO, Paris) et Davesh SONEJI (McGill University, Montréal)
The "classical" dance known as bharatanāṭyam is among the most popular and widely circulated cultural forms of modern South India. While many scholars have developed critical social histories of the form in recent times, the historicizing and contextualizing the "living" and "written" sources for the bharatanāṭyam’s rich and historically dense repertoire, remain largely un-tackled. Special attention will be devoted to developing an aesthetic history of the form that takes seriously the hybrid and cosmopolitan nature of the dance repertoire of the past 300 years, by also including the role played by cinema in the growth and dissemination of the popular forms of that repertoire. This unique interdisciplinary conference brings together the world's leading scholars of bharatanāṭyam dance, bridging the disciplines of philology, history, anthropology, dance studies, ethnomusicology, art history and religious studies. It includes presentations of never-before-seen dance and music repertoire by internationally acclaimed scholar-performers.
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