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The book is a comprehensive critical history of women performers in Indian theatre and dance of the colonial and postcolonial periods. Its underlying premise is that one cannot evaluate performance in the Indian context without looking at dance and theatre together, unlike the course taken by traditional scholarship. Issues of sexuality and colonialism, and culture and society come together in this study to provide a holistic account of women performers in India.

New information and insights have been provided in the discourse by a close reading of archival materials, field surveys, and extensive interviews, which are the distinguishing features of this book. The book is divided into two sections. The first one is on the Actress, while the second is on the Danseuse in the Indian ...

Natyasastra: Emerging (Gender) Codes and the Woman Dancer
Natyasastra: Emerging (gender) codes and the woman dancer
The Context

In India, dance was an activity associated with socially, culturally and ritually sanctioned practices in all the traditional indigenous communities and enjoyed and participated in by both males and females. However, the classical dances essentially became a female domain as soon as they were formalized into the revitalized and restructured shape in the modern times, as far as the practice and performance was concerned. As in many other places in the world,1 the domain of the teachers, managers, patrons remained male bastions, while the audience is made up of both male and female viewers. It is an acknowledged fact that dance, as a specialized practice, definitely draws fewer males ...

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