About the Book
The cultural imagination of contemporary India is experiencing rapid change, especially among the middle classes. New communication technologies are being used to reach new audiences and spectators. This momentum of change has further facilitated blurring the strict boundaries between high and low, classical and folk, and Indian and Western cultural forms, creating multiple sites of amalgamation. One such ubiquitous form is the popular genre of dance reality shows on television. These Bollywood-inspired dance forms are arguably one among the most visible cultural products of India's new economy. Using multiple theoretical perspectives from Anthropology, Performance Studies, and Film and Media studies, this book locates, historicizes, and analyzes the dance reality show both as an aesthetic-cultural product, and as a lived reality of a new generation of middle-class viewers and performers. The author argues that these reality shows play an important role in shaping the contours
and ambivalences of India's new public culture, and explores how a large emergent cross-section of young dancers and choreographers are struggling to stake a claim in the new culture industry of India.
About the Author:
Pallabi Chakravorty is Associate Professor in the department of Music and Dance and also Director of Dance at Swarthmore College, USA. She teaches interdisciplinary theory courses on performance and ethnography, and studio courses in Kathak dance, choreography, and composition. She has been widely published in journals of anthropology, history, dance studies, and literary studies. Her books include Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women, and Modernity in India (Seagull/University of Chicago), Performing Ecstasy: The Poetics and Politics of Religion in India (co-edited), Dance Matters: Performing India on Local and Global Stages (co-edited), and Dance Matters Too: Markets, Memories, Identities (co-edited and forthcoming from Routledge). She is the founder and artistic director of Courtyard Dancers, a non-profit community-centered arts organization based in Philadelphia and Kolkata