To Roam and a Mind of one’s own- A 21st century woman’s reading of “A Room of one’s own”

Tweet Virginia Wolf famously said, women need a room of their own and money in order to be able to write. Dr. Swarnamalya revisits this need in the 21st century to ask if women who have a reasonable access to a room and some money, need something else today. What can the middle class woman […]

Inclusive Attic- Dance History enshrined and decoded- Bharatanrityam and Bharatanatyam

Tweet THIS ARTICLE IS AS PUBLISHED IN NARTANAM- A dance magazine (Oct-Dec 2015 Issue. Find the link to the original article below) Dance History enshrined and decoded- Bharatanrityam and Bharatanatyam In any living tradition, a continuous study and analysis of movement practice is required. Bharata’s Natya Sastra, the extant work on dramaturgy engages in theorizing […]

What’s in a Name? Renaming Sadir as Bharatanatyam (Moving memories From The Attic)

Tweet Dear Friends, Here is my article originally published in the India International Center Quarterly Autumn Journal 2015. Happy to share it here for my readers.  RENAMING SADIR AS BHARATANATYAM What is in a Name? By Swarnamalya Ganesh The typical perceptions of a ‘perfect’ middle-class or upper-middle-class Indian girl today include, apart from her […]

Celebrating a golden moment at the Attic- Performing the “True story”- ritual dance of the Tamil country

Tweet Performing the “true story”- ritual dance of the Tamil country Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh I am sharing this essay I had written this year specially for the Jubilee celebrations of the Melattur Bhagavata Mela Natakam’s souvenir. It has been published in the souvenir, but for all my wordpress readers, here is the article along with […]

The attic was no “ivory tower”- Notions of “Classical” in Bharatanatyam

Tweet Notions of “classical” in Bharatanatyam: a cultural operation of the classes – arguments of the cosmopolitan Margi and indigenous Desi, repertoires of the Nayak period – Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh e-mail: swarnamalya@gmail.com India’s greatest wealth, development and civilisation have been stirred by its political and cultural processes (Talbot, 2006). In turn, the political agendas have […]

ATTIC in dreamland as a Fulbright Fellow

Tweet Trailer -FROM THE ATTIC>Hello from Los Angeles: Pursuing dance academically has been a long term dream, almost an extension of my otherwise questioning mind even as a performer. Researching for over six years on the “Past performing traditions” for a doctoral research allowed me to discover many missing and vital links that give the […]