The dancing god : staging Hindu dance in Australia / Amit Sarwal.
- Other Title:
- Staging Hindu dance in Australia
- First Edition.
- New York : Routledge, 2020.
xvi, 149 pages : illustrations (black and white) ; 22 cm
- Lightfoot, Louise.
Dance and transnationalism -- Australia.
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Hinduism.
Dance $z Australia.
Kathakali -- Australia.
Hinduism -- Australia.
Dance and transnationalism.
- "The Dancing God: Staging Hindu Dance in Australia charts the sensational and historic journey of de-provincialising and popularising Hindu dance in Australia. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, colonialism, orientalism and nationalism came together in various combinations to make traditional Hindu temple dance into a global art form. The intricately symbolic Hindu dance in its vital form was virtually unseen and unknown in Australia until an Australian impresario, Louise Lightfoot, brought it onto the stage. Her experimental changes, which modernized Kathakali dance through her pioneering collaboration with Indian dancer Ananda Shivaram, moved the Hindu dance from the sphere of ritualistic practice to formalized stage art. Amit Sarwal argues that this movement enabled both the authentic Hindu dance and dancer to gain recognition worldwide and created in his persona a cultural guru and ambassador on the global stage. Ideal for anyone with an interest in global dance, The Dancing God is an in-depth study of how a unique dance form evolved in the meeting of travellers and cultures"-- Provided by publisher.
- Introduction: The beginnings
Hindu, Hinduism and Hindutva
The Hindu dance
The Australian mother of Kathakali
The dancing god
Conclusion: Temple dreaming.
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Other format:
- Online version: Sarwal, Amit, The dancing god
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