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Courtesans, Bar Girls and Dancing Boys: Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance

Niles Gallery, Lucille Little Fine Arts Library
Speaker(s) / Presenter(s):
Dr. Anna Morcom

Anna Morcom is Professor of Ethnomusicology at Royal Holloway University in London.  She will speak from her book, Illicit Worlds of Indian Dance: Cultures of Exclusion, which was awarded the 2014 Alan Merriam prize book award by the Society for Ethnomusicology.  In this talk, Professor Morcom covers multiple worlds of Indian dance - from courtesans to the Bollywood fitness craze.  She examines male, female and transgender dancers and details the forces of inclusion/exclusion that have shaped these worlds of Indian performing arts. 

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