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Creative Dance in India By Katrak, Ketu H.

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM1318-1
Published: 01/10/2016
Retrieved: 03 June 2023, from


Creative Dance in India showcases dynamic movement, innovative uses of lighting and space, and collaborations with visual designers, musicians, and martial artists. This style has come to prominence since the 1980s, influenced by modernizing impacts of globalization, the Internet, and transnational travel. Artistic innovations unfold at the intersection of Indian classical dance styles, most commonly bharatanatyam and kathak, two of eight classical dance styles that figure overtly or subtly in this evolving field.1 Creative dancers also draw upon modern dance techniques of abstract, non-narrative movement (different from the abstract footwork in Indian classical dance), and use of the floor, along with theatre techniques, and multimedia.

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Katrak, Ketu H. "Creative Dance in India." The Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism. : Taylor and Francis, 2016. Date Accessed 3 Jun. 2023 doi:10.4324/9781135000356-REM1318-1

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