Transnational Movement in Indian Dance

6:00–7:30 pm
UChicago Center in Delhi


Ameera Nimjee, UChicago PhD Candidate and Lecturer in the Department of Music and Rumya S. Putcha, UChicago Alum and Assistant Professor in the Department of Performance Studies the Texas A&M University, will present a lecture-demonstration on the politics of performing Indian dance transnationally.

Ameera and Rumya began their training in kathak and kuchipudi in Toronto and Houston respectively, both homes to large communities for Indian dance in the diaspora.Their research explores how musicians, dancers, and other actors navigate "movement" in dance--through global and regional travel, patronage, and choreography between India and its diaspora. In this lecture-performance Ameera and Rumya will demonstrate how they travel between issues of transnationalism, race, and citizenship in their collaborative research and as practitioners of Indian dance.

This event is held in collaboration with the American Institute of Indian Studies and Committee on Southern Asian Studies (CoSAS) at the University of Chicago. 

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