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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 ...

Emergence of the Contemporary Woman Dancer: Contribution of Tagore, Shankar and IPTA
Emergence of the contemporary woman dancer: Contribution of Tagore, Shankar and IPTA

While writing the recent history of Indian dance, one needs to give special attention to the role and place of the woman dancer in it, simply because of the sheer ratio of the women dancers as against the male ones, if nothing else. The presence and position that the women dancers have made for themselves today also makes it essential to look at the contributions of different agencies which facilitated the once ostracized female dancer to emerge as the principle practitioner of this art form. In this context, it is necessary to assess three different agencies, that of contribution of Rabindranath Tagore, ...

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