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Author Kamath, Harshita Mruthinti, 1982- author.

Title Impersonations : the artifice of Brahmin masculinity in South Indian dance / Harshita Mruthinti Kamath.

Publication Info. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019]


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Description 1 online resource (xv, 225 pages) : illustrations, maps
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Occupying center stage : impersonation and the classicization of Kuchipudi -- "I am Satyabhama" : constructing hegemonic brahmin masculinity in the Kuchipudi village -- Constructing artifice, interrogating impersonation : Madhavi as vidaka in village Bhamakalapam performance -- Bhamakalapam beyond the village : transgressing norms of gender and sexuality in urban and transnational Kuchipudi dance -- Longing to dance : stories of Kuchipudi brahmin women.
Summary "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"--Provided by publisher
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Subject Brahmans -- India, South -- Social life and customs.
Gender identity in dance -- India, South.
Female impersonators -- India, South -- Social life and customs.
Kuchipudi (Dance) -- Social aspects -- India, South.
SOCIAL SCIENCE -- Anthropology -- General.
Brahmans -- Social life and customs. (OCoLC)fst00837542
Gender identity in dance. (OCoLC)fst00939605
South India. (OCoLC)fst01692635
Genre/Form Electronic books.
Other Form: Print version: Kamath, Harshita Mruthinti, 1982- Impersonations. Oakland, California : University of California Press, [2019] 9780520301665 (DLC) 2018061418
ISBN 9780520972230 (Epub)
9780520301665 (pbk. ; alk. paper)

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