Faculty Articles

Title

Indian Classical Dance and the Development of Cultural Identity in the Indian Diaspora

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

9-2020

Publication Title

Journal of Asian Arts, Culture and Literature (JAACL)

Volume

1

Issue/Number

3

Abstract/Excerpt

Cultural identity can be broadly defined as a person’s self-view vis a vis their identity or perception of belonging to a larger group or collective. Cultural identity is hence focal to a person's identity and influences how they see themselves, as well as how they relate to the world. The development of cultural identity can be especially challenging for members of the Indian diaspora, who often traverse multiple cultures simultaneously. The current paper reviews dance ethnographic as well as experiential research to explore the links between engagement with Indian classical dance and the development of cultural identity in the Indian diaspora.

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