April 11 | Chai-Biscuit with Urmimala Sarkar

Note: We are now meeting at Juhu Beach, near Novotel instead of Prithvi Cafe. Walk down to the beach past Novotel and find us!

In our next Chai-Biscuit, we are in conversation with Dr. Urmimala Sarkar​, who teaches dance studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University.

She says:
- is not just a title for me today but is literally what we try doing within the constantly evolving, vibrant and exciting academic environment of JNU. “Dance can only be danced: it is not dance when it is written” – is what many senior dancers have been known to have said. But the dance and dancer live on within dance writing…and therefore it is exciting to open one’s mind to different ways of writing dance. In this conversation, I share this evolving process of teaching Dance Studies within a research based course at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, JNU.

Urmimala Sarkar is Associate Professor, of Theatre and Performance Studies at the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, India. She is a dancer and a choreographer, and has performed extensively within and outside India. Her specialization is in Dance Studies and Anthropology of Performance.

Some of her important recent publications are Engendering Performance: Indian Women Performers Searching for Identity (2010) – co-authored with B. Dutt, Traversing Tradition: Celebrating Dance in India (2010) – co-edited with Stephanie Burridge, Dance: Transcending Border (2009) edited by Urmimala Sarkar, “A century of negotiations: The changing sphere of the woman dancer in India” in Women in Public Sphere: some exploratory Essays edited by Subrata Bagchi, “Changing Gender Boundaries: Materiality of the Resistive moments in Dance History” in Gendering Material Culture: Representations and Practice, edited by Subhadra Channa and Kamal.K. Misra).

Her current research focuses on Marginalization and living traditions, politics of performance, gender and dance, and Performance as Research (PaR). She has conceptualized and is a Principal Investigator in an on-going UKIERI – UGC project on : “Gendered Citizenship: Manifestations and Performance” and is engaged in a project on psychosocial rehabilitation through dance and movement, of survivors of sexual violence and trafficking.

When: April 11, 2015, at 4:30 pm

Where: Juhu Beach, Near Novotel. Walk past Novotel to the beach, look right and left, and we shouldn’t be far.

Entry FREE. Please be on time!