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Is It All About Hips?: Around the World with Bollywood Dance

by Sangita Shresthova SAGE Publications Pvt. Ltd
Pub Date:
09/2011
ISBN:
9788132106852
Format:
Pbk 276 pages
Price:
AU$49.99 NZ$52.17
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The previously maligned Bollywood dance for its distasteful commercial mixing of styles and erotic subtexts, the film-dancer profession is gaining popularity and respect among audiences and dancer communities both in India and internationally.

Along with Bollywood dance being widely appreciated as live performance, the upcoming dance schools, fitness centres, and a fresh flock of Bollywood dance instructors have given birth to film-inspired dance classes in India, Kathmandu, London, Berlin, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Melbourne.

In this brilliant ethnography, Sangita Sresthova, who has pioneered various dance forms brings alive the world of Bollywood dance. You embark upon this exhilarating journey at a live performance in London, and travel with the author discovering how this unique dance form has united peoples and cultures far and wide.

Behind-the-stage preparations and dance classes booming with desi exuberance come to life with a panorama of colorful stills, making this book is the first-of-its-kind account of the Bollywood dance culture flourishing worldwide.

Watch how dances travel and meanings unravel…

Audience: Individuals interested in Indian cinema, bollywood, dance and globalization, students, scholars, academics in the field of dance, south asian studies, cinema, globalization studies and development studies, sociologists and anthropologists

Foreword Kabir Bedi
Preface
Introduction
Dancing through the Decades: A Bit of Theory and History
Bombay and the Bodies of Bollywood Dance
Under Bollywood's Big Umbrella? Bollywood Dance in Kathmandu
More Indian Than India? Bollywood Dance in Los Angeles
Conclusion
Appendices
Notes
Selected Films Cited
Glossary
Index

The book, which zigzags through India, Nepal, the United States, is a fine blend of in depth research, humour, and astute cultural sensitivity and hellip;.Is It All About Hips? has lot more to say. The Sunday Indian
Sangita Shresthova Media Activism Participatory Politics (MAPP), University of Southern California