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Hachette Illicit Worlds Of Indian Dance

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Hachette Illicit Worlds Of Indian Dance

Until the 1930s no woman could perform in public and retain respectability in India. Professional female performers were courtesans and dancing girls who lived beyond the confines of marriage, but were often powerful figures in social and cultural life. Women's roles were often also taken by boys and men, some of whom were simply female impersonators, others transgender. Since the late nineteenth century the status, livelihood and identity of these performers have all diminished, with the result that many of them have become involved in sexual transactions and sexualized performances. Meanwhile, upper-class, upper-caste women have taken control of the classical performing arts and also entered the film industry, while a Bollywood dance and the fitness craze has recently swept middle class India. In her historical and on-the-ground study, Anna Morcom investigates the emergence of illicit worlds of dance in the shadow of india's official performing arts. She explores over a century of marginilization of courtesans, dancing girls, bar girls and transgender performers, and describes their lives as they struggle with stigmatization, derision and loss of livelihood.

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Brand / Publisher Hachette
Return Policy 30 Days
Book Type Reference Books
Edition 2016
ISBN 9789350097922
Author Anna Morcom
Language English
Pages 298
Binding Hardback


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