Dancing women : choreographing corporeal histories of popular Hindi cinema / Usha Iyer.
Av: Iyer, Usha [aut]Language: English Publisher: New York, NY : Oxford University Press, Beskrivning: xiv, 269 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates illustrations (some color) 25 cmInnehållstyp: text Mediatyp: unmediated Bärartyp: volumeISBN: 9780190938741Ämne(n): Musikfilm | Koreografi | Kvinnliga dansare | Dance in motion pictures, television, etc -- India -- History | Musical films -- India -- History and criticism | Women dancers -- India | Musikfilm, Indien | Kvinnor på film, Indien | Dans på film, Indien | Koreografi | Indien | Music films, India | Women in films, India | Dance in films, India | ChoreographyGenre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc. | History.Ytterligare fysiska format: Online version:: Dancing women.DDK-klassifikation: 793.3/1954 LOC-klassifikation: GV1779SAB-klassifikation: Iky
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Includes bibliographical references and index.
Introduction: A Corporeal History of Hindi Film Dance -- Dance Musicalization and the Choreomusicking Body -- Choreographing Architectures of Public Intimacy -- Corporealizing Colonial Modernities -- From the Cabaret Number to the Melodrama of Dance Reform -- Stardom Ke Peeche Kya Hai (What is Behind the Stardom)? -- Epilogue.
"Dancing Women: Choreographing Corporeal Histories of Popular Hindi Cinema, the first book-length study engaging with two of South Asia's most popular cultural forms-cinema and dance-historicizes and theorizes the material and cultural production of film dance, a staple attraction of the popular Hindi film. It explores how the dynamic figurations of the body, wrought by cinematic dance forms from the 1930s to the 1990s, produce unique constructions of gender, stardom, and spectacle. By charting discursive shifts through figurations of dancer-actresses, their publicly performed movements, private training, and the cinematic and extra-diegetic narratives woven around their dancing bodies, the book considers the "women's question" via new mobilities corpo-realized by dancing women. Some of the central figures animating this corporeal history are Azurie, Sadhona Bose, Vyjayanthimala, Helen, Waheeda Rehman, Madhuri Dixit, and Saroj Khan, whose performance histories fold and intersect with those of other dancing women, including devadasis and tawaifs, Eurasian actresses, oriental dancers, vamps, choreographers, and backup dancers. Through a material history of the labor of producing on-screen dance, theoretical frameworks that emphasize collaboration, such as the "choreomusicking body" and "dance musicalization," aesthetic approaches to embodiment drawing on treatises like the Natya Sastra and the Abhinaya Darpana, and formal analyses of dance-driven "techno-spectacles," Dancing Women offers a variegated, textured history of cinema, dance, and music. Tracing the gestural genealogies of film dance produces a very different narrative of Bombay cinema, and indeed of South Asian cultural modernities, by way of a corporeal history co-choreographed by a network of remarkable dancing women"-- Provided by publisher.
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