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Via dialogue of a blinding array of artists in India and the diaspora, this book delineates a brand new language of dance at the international level. Myriad stream vocabularies intersect the dancers' inventive panorama, while cutting-edge artistic choreography parodies gender and cultural stereotypes, and represents social concerns.

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The term is fraught, as both signifiers carry contested meanings. “Indianness” is not a narrow or monolithic category; rather it is multifaceted, mediated by the Introduction 7 many ethnicities, religions, social customs, and languages of the Indian sub-continent and the replication, sometimes more regressively of these factors (especially religion) in the diaspora. Contemporary Indian Dancers today are not only of Indian origin; some are part Indian, some belong to diverse South Asian (Bangladeshi, Sri Lankan) ethnicities in the global Indian diaspora.

Today’s globalization interacting with the national From the parameters of what was called Modern Indian Dance in the 1970s and 1980s into the post-1990s, the forces of globalization and Indian economic liberalization policies (significantly opening India up to business and other collaborations with the West), along with access to technology (personal computers increasing) had a path-breaking impact on artists, cultural production, and reception both in India and the diaspora. However, studies of globalization, even when they include culture, seldom discuss dance in their projects.

13 Historically, this led to complications in unexpected ways. Sarkar Munsi 8 Introduction points out that creative artists who did not fit into the strict binary of classical or folk found themselves outcast from the nationalist-inspired recuperation of “ancient” dance traditions that dominated the arts in postindependence India. At the same time, the word “contemporary,” as Sarkar Munsi notes and I agree, remains appropriate for use in an Indian context despite its English-language origin and Western connotations.

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