This course provides a critical introduction to the study and practice of Kalbeliya dance, presently recognized as a form of Indian “folk” dance and as Intangible Cultural Heritage by UNESCO. This dance form was conceptualized and developed by women from the Kalbeliya community of Rajasthan, India, from the 1980s onwards. We will begin with footwork and hand movements and proceed to chakris (turns). In tandem, we will learn about the community’s music practices and ask questions about the dance’s aesthetics and history.
- Teacher: Pritika Agarwal