Dancing Against the Nation? Revisiting Tagore’s Politics of Performance

  • Aishika Chakraborty


Set against the historical backdrop of the late-nineteenth-and-early-twentieth-century Bengal, this paper explores the dance journey of Rabindranath Tagore entwining the kinesthetic experiment with a broader politics of gender, nation and spectatorship. It finally illustrates how Tagore has paved the way for choreographing a new dance text by drawing, quoting, subverting and manipulating with wide and varied dance lexicons. Through an unceasing experimentation with different physical traditions (Rasayanik Sangmishran), his search thus ended in the evolution of a syncretic, hybrid kinesthetic, subverting both the Eurocentric modern and canonized Indian classical.


Dance Classical Modern Rabindrik Choreography Nationalism 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Women’s StudiesJadavpur UniversityKolkataIndia

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