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India's Kathak Dance in Historical Perspective (Paperback) (Margaret E. Walker)

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Kathak, the classical dance of North India, combines virtuosic footwork and dazzling spins with subtle pantomime and soft gestures. As a global practice and one of India's cultural markers, kathak dance is often presented as heir to an ancient Hindu devotional tradition in which men called Kathakas danced and told stories in temples. The dance's repertoire and movement vocabulary, however, tell a different story of syncretic origins and hybrid history - it is a dance that is both Muslim and Hindu, both devotional and entertaining, and both male and female. Kathak's multiple roots can be found in rural theatre, embodied rhythmic repertoire, and courtesan performance practice, and its history is inextricable from the history of empire, colonialism, and independence in India. Through an analysis both broad and deep of primary and secondary sources, ethnography, iconography and current performance practice, Margaret Walker undertakes a critical approach to the history of kathak dance and presents new data about hereditary performing artists, gendered contexts and practices, and postcolonial cultural reclamation. The account that emerges places kathak and the Kathaks firmly into the living context of North Indian performing arts.
Number of Pages: 174
Genre: Performing Arts, Music
Series Title: Soas Musicology
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Author: Margaret E. Walker
Language: English
Street Date: April 27, 2017
TCIN: 53391841
UPC: 9781138062573
Item Number (DPCI): 248-65-0214
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