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A Guru's JourneyPandit Chitresh Das and Indian Classical Dance in Diaspora$
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Sarah Morelli

Print publication date: 2019

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042867

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2020

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042867.001.0001

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Dancing Unity, Articulating Difference

Dancing Unity, Articulating Difference

(p.124) 6 Dancing Unity, Articulating Difference
A Guru's Journey

Sarah Morelli

University of Illinois Press

This chapter examines various metaphors that Pandit Chitresh Das and his dancers employed to represent diversity within the Chitresh Das Dance Company, and ways they discussed ethnic and racial difference in the first years of the 21st century, the period of the author’s primary fieldwork. In this community, technical virtuosity was long considered the great unifier, an emphasis that culminated in Pandit Das’s creation and development of a practice he called kathak yoga. In addition to analyzing kathak yoga’s physical, musical, and technical mechanics and performance practice, this chapter addresses its philosophical foundations, exploring how it might appeal to Americans of diverse backgrounds.

Keywords:   metaphors, diversity, Chitresh Das Dance Company, racial difference, fieldwork, virtuosity, kathak yoga, yoga, Americans of diverse backgrounds

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