Edited by Davesh Soneji
Table of Contents
Introduction by Davesh Soneji
PART I: DEVADASI DANCE: HISTORY AND REPRESENTATION-Representations of Dance in Colonial South India
P. Ragaviah Charry / 'A Short Account of the Dancing Girls, Treating Concisely on the General Principles of Dancing and Singing, with the Translations of two Hindo Songs'
Joep Bor / 'Mamia, Ammani and other Bayaderes: Europe's Portrayal of India's Temple Dancers'
Community, Repertoire, and Aesthetics
Saskia C. Kersenboom / 'The Traditional Repertoire of the Tiruttani Temple Dancers'
Hari Krishnan / 'Inscribing Practice: Reconfigurations and Textualizations of Devadasi Repertoire in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Century South India'
Davesh Soneji / 'Salon to Cinema: The Distinctly Modern Life of the Telugu Javali'
Muthulakshmi Reddi / 'Why Should the Devadasi Institution in the Hindu Temples be Abolished?'
Madras Devadasis Association / 'The Humble Memorial of Devadasis of the Madras Presidency'
Amrit Srinivasan / 'Reform or Continuity? Temple "Prostitution" and the Community in the Madras Presidency'
Teresa Hubel / 'The High Cost of Dancing: When the Indian Women's Movement Went after the Devadasis'
PART II: REINVENTING DANCE IN SOUTH INDIA-New Beginnings? Voices from Twentieth Century Madras
V. Raghavan (Bhava Raga Tala) / 'Bharata Natya-Classic Indian Dance: The South Indian Sadir Nautch, The Recent Controversy Over the Art'
Rukmini Devi Arundale / 'The Spiritual Background of Indian Dance'
T. Balasaraswati / 'Bharata Natyam'
Mathew Harp Allen / 'Rewriting the Script for South Indian Dance'
Anne-Marie Gaston / 'Dance and the Hindu Woman: Bharatanatyam Re-ritualized'
PART III: CONTEMPORARY EXTENSIONS
Janet O'Shea / 'At Home in the World? The Bharatanatyam Dancer as Transnational Interpreter'
Andree Grau / 'Political Activism and South Asian Dance: The Case of Mallika Sarabhai'
Anita Kumar / 'What's the Matter? Shakti's (Re)Collection of Race, Nationhood, and Gender'
PART IV: DANCERS SPEAK: PERSONAL JOURNEYS TO AND FROM BHARATANATYAM
Mrinalini Sarabhai / 'Creations'
Avanthi Meduri / 'Bharatha Natyam: What Are You?'
Shobana Jeyasingh / 'Getting Off the Orient Express'
Chandralekha / 'Reflections on New Directions in Indian Dance'
Ananya Chatterjea / 'Raga and Sloka: Troubling Femininity'
Notes on Contributors