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Unfinished GesturesDevadasis, Memory, and Modernity in South India$
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Davesh Soneji

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226768090

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226768113.001.0001

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Producing Dance in Colonial Tanjore

Producing Dance in Colonial Tanjore

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(p.26) (p.27) Chapter One Producing Dance in Colonial Tanjore
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Unfinished Gestures
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Davesh Soneji

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226768113.003.0002

This chapter examines the production of dance of colonial Tanjore. It explains that the dance of the devadasi was developed under the patronage of the Maratha kings at Tanjore and highlights the complexities of the dance training and repertoire. It investigates the kinds of identities and subjectivities colonial Tanjore made available to devadasis and the analysis reveals a picture of professional dancing women embedded in complex political and aesthetic economies.

Keywords:   dance, colonial Tanjore, devadasi, Maratha kings, identities, subjectivities, professional dancing women

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