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 obstacles via either incorporating choreography on Buddhist, Christian, Muslim, and Jain subject matters and the pluralistic identities of members. Dancers traverse spiritual obstacles by means of reformulating a classy beginning in response to performative instead of completely textual understandings of rasa, conventionally outlined as a formulation for the way to bodily craft emotion on level. during the ethnographic case experiences of this quantity, dancers of Bharata Natyam innovatively reveal 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 percentages. In modern Bharata Natyam, bhakti rasa is not only approximately bettering spiritual adventure; in its place, those dancers choreographically adapt quite a few spiritual identities and concepts so as to emphasize pluralistic cultural and moral dimensions of their paintings. in the course of the dancing physique, a number of spiritual and secular interpretations fluidly co-exist.

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