A Guru's Journey

Pandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora

An important modern exponent of Asian dance, Pandit Chitresh Das brought kathak to the United States in 1970. The North Indian classical dance has since become an important art form within the greater Indian diaspora. Les mer
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An important modern exponent of Asian dance, Pandit Chitresh Das brought kathak to the United States in 1970. The North Indian classical dance has since become an important art form within the greater Indian diaspora. Yet its adoption outside of India raises questions about what happens to artistic practices when we separate them from their broader cultural contexts. A Guru's Journey provides an ethnographic study of the dance form in the San Francisco Bay Area community formed by Das. Sarah Morelli, a kathak dancer and one of Das's former students, investigates issues in teaching, learning, and performance that developed around Das during his time in the United States. In modifying kathak's form and teaching for Western students, Das negotiates questions of Indianness and non-Indianness, gender, identity, and race. Morelli lays out these issues for readers with the goal of deepening their knowledge of kathak aesthetics, technique, and theory. She also shares the intricacies of footwork, facial expression in storytelling, and other aspects of kathak while tying them to the cultural issues that inform the dance.

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CoverTitleCopyrightContentsList of IllustrationsNote on Transliteration and PronunciationNote on Names and HonorificsNote on Musical NotationAcknowledgments1. Encountering the Dance2. Dancing History3. On the American Stage4. Teaching in a New Country5. Dancing Gender6. Dancing Unity, Articulating Difference7. Form and Freedom in Kathak Performance8. Coming Full CircleNotesAppendix: Persons Interviewed by the AuthorGlossary of TermsBibliographyIndexBack cover

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Sarah Morelli is an associate professor of ethnomusicology at the University of Denver and a performing kathak artist.