Impersonations: The Artifice of Brahmin Masculinity in South Indian Dance
Harshita Mruthinti Kamath (Author)
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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. 21 color images, 2 maps, 1 tab
About the Author
Harshita Mruthinti Kamath is Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Assistant Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature and History at Emory University.
- Contributor: Harshita Mruthinti Kamath
- Imprint: University of California Press
- ISBN13: 9780520301665
- Number of Pages: 215
- Packaged Dimensions: 152x229x13mm
- Packaged Weight: 363
- Format: Paperback
- Publisher: University of California Press
- Release Date: 2019-07-09
- Binding: Paperback / softback
- Biography: Harshita Mruthinti Kamath is Visweswara Rao and Sita Koppaka Assistant Professor in Telugu Culture, Literature and History at Emory University.
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