25 Years

Politics, Performance, and Patronage: The Problematic in the National Recognition of the Dance of Assam's Sattras

Thu, 11/30/2017 - 3:30pm to 5:00pm
Event Location: 
Crosby Seminar Room, Northrop 240 (84 Church St SE, Minneapolis)

Dr. Arshiya Sethi, Post-Doctoral Fulbright – Nehru Fellow from India.

Abstract: In November 2000, India gave national recognition to the Dance of the Sattras of Assam, compelling it to live two lives – as religious ritual and as stage practice. This move has resulted in subtle yet significant changes to the dance—including the geography and gender of those practicing the dance, as well as its agenda, artistry, and content. This talk interrogates this federal maneuver as one driven by political expediency rather than artistic valorization.

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