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  • October 16


October 16
Registration, INR 300 for all three days of the conference
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16 October, 2.30 pm

Writing Dance in the Indian Context | 60 min
In conversation with Anita Cherian, Parvathi Ramanathan and Ranjana Dave


  • How do we talk about this performance practice that we find ourselves amidst? What are the recurring problems faced while using the term ‘contemporary’ to describe the multiplicity of practice in India?
  • Are the concepts that we use capacious enough to encompass the diversity and complexity of our practices?
  • Can we read our movement through paradigms established elsewhere? How do we evolve a vocabulary that is specific to the needs of practice and practitioners in India?

Parvathi Ramanathan is a research scholar at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. She is interested in questions of identity pertaining to nations and borders, especially thinking about how these manifest in the body and in everyday life. She is a trained Bharatanatyam dancer, now exploring other forms of movement and expression.

Anita E. Cherian has a Ph.D. in Performance Studies from the Tisch School of the Arts, New York University. Her research interests are in the areas of cultural policy and cultural studies, theatre history, performance studies and cultural labour. Her publications have appeared in journals such as Third Frame, Sangeet Natak, Interventions and The International Journal of Folklore Studies. She is volume editor of Tilt, Pause, Shift: Dance Ecologies in India, a forthcoming collection of essays on dance in India, published by Tulika Books. Between 2005 and June 2016 she was Assistant Professor in English at the Indraprastha College for Women, University of Delhi. In July 2016 she joined as Associate Professor in Literary Art, at the School of Culture and Creative Expressions, Ambedkar University Delhi.

Ranjana Dave is an Odissi dancer and arts writer. She co-founded Dance Dialogues, an initiative that works with dance makers and dance lovers, helping them connect with provocative and diverse ideas, individuals and institutions. As a practitioner, her interests include performance and teaching, with a focus on making personal meaning of classical dance and making it accessible. She lives in Delhi and is programmes director at the Gati Dance Forum.