Dancing Bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam by Katherine C. Zubko

By Katherine C. Zubko

Dancing our bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam examines how Bharata Natyam, a historically Hindu storytelling dance shape, strikes throughout spiritual barriers via either incorporating choreography on Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and Jain subject matters and the pluralistic identities of contributors. Dancers traverse spiritual limitations through reformulating a classy starting place in response to performative instead of exclusively textual understandings of rasa, conventionally outlined as a formulation for a way to bodily craft emotion on degree. throughout the ethnographic case experiences of this quantity, dancers of Bharata Natyam innovatively exhibit how the rasa of devotion (bhakti rasa), strangely absent from vintage dance-related texts, serves because the pivotal framework for increasing on their lonesome interreligious thematic and interpretive chances. In modern Bharata Natyam, bhakti rasa isn't just approximately improving non secular adventure; as a substitute, those dancers choreographically adapt numerous non secular identities and concepts which will emphasize pluralistic cultural and moral dimensions of their paintings. throughout the dancing physique, a number of non secular and secular interpretations fluidly co-exist.

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