Foreword Ratan Thiyam Preface Stephanie Burridge Acknowledgements 1. Dance Scholarship and its Future: The Indian Context Kapila Vatsyayan 2. Institutionalization of Classical Dances of India: Kalakshetra — The Principal Case Study Sunil Kothari 3. Questions for the Modern Dance Teacher: Child–Parent Responses to Modern Dance Education Ranjita Karlekar 4. Writing Out Otherness: Dancing Asian-Indian Uttara Asha Coorlawala 5. Why I Am Committed to a Contemporary South Asian Aesthetic: Arguments about the Value of ‘Difference’ from the Perspective of Practice Ananya Chatterjea 6. Reading Dance, Performing Research: Meaning, Interpretation, Context, and Re-contextualization in Dance Performance and Research Shrinkla Sahai 7. Imag(in)ing the Nation: Uday Shankar’s 'Kalpana' Urmimala Sarkar Munsi 8. In Dialogue with Histories: The Dancer and the Actress Bishnupriya Dutt 9. The Beauty Myth and Beyond: Looking at the Bollywood Item Number Priyanka Basu 10. The Altered Space: Community Dances from Everyday to the Proscenium Debanjali Biswas and Anirban Ghosh 11. Patronage, Politics of Culture and the Dancing Body of the Other: A North-east Indian Experience Lokendra Arambam 12. Empowering through Dance Movement Therapy Sohini Chakraborty. Artist Voices and Biographies. Critics’ Voices and Biographies. Index.