Impersonations : The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance / Harshita Mruthinti Kamath.Material type: BookPublisher: Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, Copyright date: ©2019Description: 1 online resource (215 p.).Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780520972230.Subject(s): Brahmans -- India, South -- Social life and customs | Female impersonators -- India, South -- Social life and customs | Gender identity in dance -- India, South | Kuchipudi (Dance) -- Social aspects -- India, South | SOCIAL SCIENCE / Anthropology / GeneralDDC classification: 306.4/846081109548 Online resources: Open Access | Cover
Frontmatter -- Contents -- Illustrations -- Acknowledgments -- Note on Transliteration -- Introduction -- 1. Taking Center Stage: The Poet-Saint and the Impersonator of Kuchipudi Dance History -- 2. "I am Satyabhama": Constructing Hegemonic Brahmin Masculinity in the Kuchipudi Village -- 3. Constructing Artifice, Interrogating Impersonation: Madhavi as Vidūṣaka in Village Bhāmākalāpam Performance -- 4. Bhāmākalāpam beyond the Village: Transgressing Norms of Gender and Sexuality in Urban and Transnational Kuchipudi Dance -- 5. Longing to Dance: Stories of Kuchipudi Brahmin Women -- Conclusion: Rewriting the Script for Kuchipudi Dance -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
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Learn more at www.luminosoa.org.Impersonations: The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance centers on an insular community of Smarta Brahmin men from the Kuchipudi village in Telugu-speaking South India who are required to don stri-vesam (woman's guise) and impersonate female characters from Hindu religious narratives. Impersonation is not simply a gender performance circumscribed to the Kuchipudi stage, but a practice of power that enables the construction of hegemonic Brahmin masculinity in everyday village life. However, the power of the Brahmin male body in stri-vesam is highly contingent, particularly on account of the expansion of Kuchipudi in the latter half of the twentieth century from a localized village performance to a transnational Indian dance form. This book analyzes the practice of impersonation across a series of boundaries-village to urban, Brahmin to non-Brahmin, hegemonic to non-normative-to explore the artifice of Brahmin masculinity in contemporary South Indian dance.
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