Quest for Authenticity in Indian Classical Dance: Innovations and Hybridization of Bharatanatyam on Global Stage

By Suparna Banerjee.

Published by The Global Studies Journal

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The interests of globalization scholars have remained confined to the study of trade, finance, political economy, consumption and identity. There has been scarcely any emphasis given on exploring the shifting nature of performing and fine arts as a result of the globalization of culture. This paper engages with how traditional Bharatanatyam has evolved with time in India with a chief focus on the debate on authenticity among the local practitioners. The aim is also to investigate how choreographers have borrowed movements and aesthetic expressions to produce genres that represent a form of ‘hybridization’ on global stage, which must be analyzed in the context of globalization of culture. Besides, the article critically discusses how the cultural influx has invigorated niches to create dance forms like Tap Natyam and other cross-cultural works in the light of my own primary research and experimentation in India, Germany and USA.

Keywords: Globalization, Hybridization, Indian Classical Dance, Bharatanatyam, Tap Natyam, Globality, Hybridity, Cultural Authenticity, Choreography, Fusion, South Asian Dance

Global Studies Journal, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.75-86. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.214MB).

Suparna Banerjee

Assistant Professor, Universe of Performing and Fine Arts, Foundation for Liberal and Management Education, Pune, Pune, Maharashtra, India

Suparna Banerjee graduated in Performing Arts from University of Pune, India with First Class and Distinction. Her research interest includes problems of dance criticism, globalization and choreography, dance pedagogy and dance aesthetics. Drawing on her knowledge of music, classical texts and the rich, nuanced vocabulary of classical Indian dance, she explores the layers of meanings through abstract movements, giving them a visual and melodic dimension. Her cross-cultural choreography has been performed internationally. In addition, she regularly visits Iowa State University and Pennsylvania State University as a visiting guest faculty to teach Bharatanatyam. Besides she has delivered lecture-demonstrations in Germany, France, Belgium, Switzerland, the United States and the United Kingdom. She has received numerous international grants and published articles in Research in Dance Education.


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