SOAS University of London

Department of Music, School of Arts

North Indian Kalbeliya Dance (module 1) Spring 2021 - SOAS Music Workshops

Ayla Joncheere

Date: 9 March 2021Time: 1:00 PM

Finishes: 9 March 2021Time: 3:00 PM

Venue: Online Learning

Type of Event: 0

Note: Internal event not open to external attendees.

This course, delivered in partnership with Kalbeliya World, provides an in-depth introduction to a North Indian artform known as Kalbeliya dance developed by a nomadic community in the state of Rajasthan. Being recognised as 'intangible cultural heritage' by UNESCO since 2010, Kalbeliya dance is often seen as an ancient tradition. However, this same dance practice, also known as ‘Indian gypsy’ or ‘snake charmers’ folk dance, appears to have originated as recently as the 1980s. Joncheere’s research gives an account of the swift development of Kalbeliya dance from its first appearance on stage in 1981 to the present. 
Through this course, you will gain a fascinating critical insight into a dance at the crossroads of commercial tourism and political folklorism. You will also have the opportunity to try out how it looks and feels to dance with classes from original practitioners on video link from Rajasthan.

Recordings of this course are available to purchase after the event as 'view only' - click here for more info.

Organiser: Department of Music, School of Arts, SOAS

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