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

By Katherine C. Zubko

ISBN-10: 0739187287

ISBN-13: 9780739187289

Dancing our bodies of Devotion: Fluid Gestures in Bharata Natyam examines how Bharata Natyam, a historically Hindu storytelling dance shape, strikes throughout spiritual limitations via either incorporating choreography on Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and Jain issues and the pluralistic identities of individuals. Dancers traverse spiritual limitations via reformulating a classy origin in keeping with performative instead of exclusively textual understandings of rasa, conventionally outlined as a formulation for the way to bodily craft emotion on degree. in the course of the ethnographic case stories of this quantity, dancers of Bharata Natyam innovatively display how the rasa of devotion (bhakti rasa), unusually absent from vintage dance-related texts, serves because the pivotal framework for increasing all alone interreligious thematic and interpretive chances. In modern Bharata Natyam, bhakti rasa isn't just approximately bettering spiritual adventure; in its place, those dancers choreographically adapt a variety of non secular identities and ideas with a purpose to emphasize pluralistic cultural and moral dimensions of their paintings. during the dancing physique, a number of spiritual and secular interpretations fluidly co-exist.

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