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Dance

Editorial

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…
Pic Source: Arangham; Photographer: Nirmal

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…
Celebration of Nowruz with traditional dances. Pic Source: Silk Road Dance Company

Brushstrokes: Persian Dance

Persian dance in spite of its remarkable history has become a less known form of dancing from the Middle East, perhaps because of the present political situation in the countries of Iran, Afghanistan and Tajikistan where it originates from. Where it is known, it is confused with and compared to Arabic dance, which is popular…

When Transparency Meets Fluidity, Dance Is Born

I just celebrated my twenty years in India last October and designed a performance for the occasion: ‘What is dance?’ As I was writing the text for the brochure of the show, looking back at this most amazing journey, I realised that if I had to choose one word to encapsulate the essence of this…

A Lingering Tingle

I started learning Bharatanatyam in 1988, when I was six years old. Looking back, it feels like beginning to learn to dance was, somehow, a key moment in my personal gender and sexuality history. It was the time I started, formally, to condition and train my body to move in specific ways. Earlier, in school,…
Kathak

Brushstrokes: Desire In Dance

This series of images captures a few Indian dance forms that have over time told stories of desire. Kathak, a courtesan’s dance, performed by both men and women has evolved from a form of entertainment for the elite to a dance form that has reached a wide audience, particularly through Bollywood films ranging from Mughal-E-Azam…
Kathakali 4 - (desire)

Dances of Desire: From Devadasis to Modern Storytellers

It is not entirely impossible to imagine that classical Indian dance is timeless or that the stories narrated in these dances have been handed down untouched and unshaped from ancient unrecorded times. Through dance it is easy to seek kinship with the apsaras in the epics, with the devadasis and courtesans, or watch the sensual movements and mudras…
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