Dancing without Borders

Urmimala Sarkar Munsi, who is presently visting the School of Arts and Aesthetics at JNU has a new book out from Tulika, Dance: Transcending Borders. There are many borders she has transcended- a trained dancer and choreographer, she is also a social anthropologist specializing in Dance Studies, with a career that cris-crosses many other borders, political and social.

This edited volume is a project of the Research and Documentation Network of the World Dance Alliance–Asia Pacific. It brings together renowned scholars from the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas and Europe to discuss issues of global and local importance that are at the centre of contemporary research in dance.

"As globalization forces us to revisit the local in dance, an examination of the processes of identity formation, generation and affirmation becomes very necessary. The world of dance in today’s context is constantly being shaped by the nature of the state, politicized markets, the dialogues taking place within and between cultures, as well as the growing importance of multimedia skills. As the identity of dance and of dancers undergoes constant interrogation and reorganization, there is an increasing need to establish dialogues across regions, and to identify and understand the major areas of concern – some of which may be common to all, while others may be specific to the social–political–historical conditions of particular countries."

In our Performing Arts section. Hardback, 292 pages, Rs 595. ISBN: 978-81-89487-38-6.