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The Editorial: Music, Dance and Sexuality

"Does my sexiness upset you? Does it come as a surprise that I dance like I have diamonds at the meeting of my thighs?" Maya Angelou Through dance and song we explore deep and intricate connections between our lives and issues related to sexual desire, pleasure and agency. In a way, music and dance are…
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Interview: Anita Ratnam

In December TARSHI interviewed Anita Ratnam, who is a leading Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer based in Chennai. In her own words, she is in dance, “because this is my own way of connecting with myself and the world.  I consider myself a contemporary classicist.” As a supporter of contemporary Indian dancing, she spoke about the…

The Politics of Popular Culture

By Deepti Priya Mehrotra for InfoChangeIndia By reconstructing the life of Rasoolan Bai, well-known tawaif and thumri singer from Varanasi, The Other Song illustrates how romance and physicality were obliterated from culture. Film: The Other Song Length: 120 minutes Director: Saba Dewan Supported by: India Foundation for the Arts, and HIVOS The Other Song documents…

Sita Sings the Blues

“For every incarnation of Rama, there is a Ramayana”, says AK Ramanujam in his essay ‘Three Hundred Ramayanas’. So, too, there should be three hundred Ramayanas for every incarnation of Sita, the latest being in the form of a curvy, coquettish, jazz-singing Betty Boop. Nina Paley's 2012 film Sita Sings the Blues (available for free) is a wonderful,…

The Varied Social Life of Hindustani Classical Music Before Respectability Took Over

By Pooja Rajaram for The Ladies Finger Feminist scholar Tejaswini Niranjana (head of the Centre for Indian Languages in Higher Education, TISS Mumbai, and Senior Fellow at the Centre for the Study of Culture and Society, Bangalore) says she doesn’t want to write another academic book. Fittingly, her ambitious new project, titled ‘Performing Modernity: Musicophilia in Bombay/Mumbai’, will be…

“The more you confine me, the more I will spill over”

The collection Wild Girls, Wicked Words is an anthology of poetry translated from Tamil by Lakshmi Holmstrom. The collection contains the work of four contemporary women poets Malathi Maithri, Salma, Kutti Revathi and Sukirthani. In the preface, Holmstrom mentions that these poets came into prominence in the early 2000s when there was a rise of…
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