Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam

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Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam

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This book investigates how two of the most prominent cultural forms of modern South India, Tamil cinema and Bharatanātyam dance, share complex and deeply intertwined histories. Celluloid Classicism is about the entangled emergence of these two modern art forms from the 1930s to the late 1950s, decades that were marked by distinctly new, interocular modes of cultural production in cosmopolitan Madras. This book unsettles received histories of modern Bharatanātyam by arguing that cinema, in all its technological, moral, and visual complexities, bears heavily and irrevocably upon iterations of this "classical" dance. Bringing over a decade of archival research into conversation with choreographic analysis and ethnography, this work addresses key questions around the fluid and reciprocal exchange of knowledge between screen and stage versions of Bharatanātyam in the early decades of the twentieth century.

Author: Hari Krishnan
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ISBN 978-0-8195-7887-7
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