© 2014

Indian Modern Dance, Feminism and Transnationalism


  • Winner of the 2015 Outstanding Publication award from CORD

  • Winner of the 2015 de la Torre Bueno Prize from the Society of Dance History Scholars


Part of the New World Choreographies book series (NWC)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Prarthana Purkayastha
    Pages 1-20
  3. Prarthana Purkayastha
    Pages 79-107
  4. Prarthana Purkayastha
    Pages 108-137
  5. Prarthana Purkayastha
    Pages 166-177
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 178-216

About this book


This book examines modern dance as a form of embodied resistance to political and cultural nationalism in India through the works of five selected modern dance makers: Rabindranath Tagore, Uday Shankar, Shanti Bardhan, Manjusri Chaki Sircar and Ranjabati Sircar.


Indian Dance Choreography in Asia 20th century dance feminism identity India modern dance performance politics resistance twentieth century

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Plymouth UniversityUK

About the authors

Prarthana Purkayastha is Lecturer in Theatre and Performance at Plymouth University, UK. Her previous publications include articles in journals such as Studies in South Asian Film and Media, Dance Research Journal and South Asia Research.

Bibliographic information


“The originality of the arguments and the impressive archival material make for a compelling book. This is a commendable and much-needed addition to the scholarship on South Asian performance, dance history, and theories of modernity, and it is certain to be of interest to a wide range of practitioners and scholars.” (Anurima Banerji, Dance Researh Journal, Vol. 48 (2), August, 2016)

“This book is a notable endeavour that fills in a significant part of twentieth-century dance history, which, according to Purkayastha, has been written off. … This book is certainly an important addition not only to dance and performance studies, but also cultural and postcolonial studies, due to its interdisciplinary approach. … the book raises issues pertinent to dance today, in both contemporary and classical genres.” (Sabina Sweta Sen, Studies in Theatre and Performance, Vol. 35 (3), 2015)