Is It All about Hips? Around the World with Bollywood Dance

ISBN-10: 8132106857
ISBN-13: 9788132106852
Edition: 2011
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Book details

Copyright year: 2011
Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt, Ltd.
Publication date: 9/7/2011
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 276
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

The previously maligned Bollywood dance for its distasteful commercial mixing of styles and erotic subtexts, the film-dancer profession is gaining popularity and respect among audiences and dancer communities both in India and internationally. Along with Bollywood dance being widely appreciated as live performance, the upcoming dance schools, fitness centres, and a fresh flock of Bollywood dance instructors have given birth to film-inspired dance classes in India, Kathmandu, London, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Melbourne. In this brilliant ethnography, Sangita Sresthova, who has pioneered various dance forms brings alive the world of Bollywood dance. You embark upon this exhilarating journey at a live performance in London, and travel with the author discovering how this unique dance form has united peoples and cultures far and wide. Behind-the-stage preparations and dance classes booming with desi exuberance come to life with a panorama of colorful stills, making this book is the first-of-its-kind account of the Bollywood dance culture flourishing worldwide. Watch how dances travel and meanings unravel⬦

Sangita Shresthova is currently the Research Director of the Media Activism and Participatory Politics Project (MAPP) at the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, USA. She is a dancer and media artist who holds a PhD from the Department of World Arts and Cultures, UCLA. She earned an MSc degree from MIT's Comparative Media Studies program where she focused on Hindi film dance. Sangita's work has been presented in academic and creative venues around the world including the Other Festival (Chennai), the EBS International Documentary Festival (Seoul), and the American Dance Festival (Durham, NC). Her writing has appeared in academic publications like Global Bollywood, an edited volume on Hindi cinema. Sangita was the Programming Director of the Prague Bollywood Festival, an annual event she helped found nine years ago. Sangita studied Bharata Natyam under Malathi Srinivasan in Chennai, as well as Charya Nritya (Nepalese Dance), Kalaripayat (South Indian martial arts), and contemporary dance techniques. She was a guest choreographer for the Constanza Macras/DorkyPark production "Big in Bombay." Her documentary titled, "Dancing Kathmandu" (2007), was a curtain raiser at the Kathmandu International Mountain Film Festival. Sangita continues to explore the possibilities of Indian dance, film, and new media through BollynatyamTM, the company she founded in 2004.

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