Constructing Artifice: Impersonation and the Perils of Brahmin Masculinity-SAC
Tuesday, September 18, 2018 12:30 PM
or the donning of a gender guise (vesam),
is ubiquitous to the South Indian dance form of Kuchipudi.
For generations, hereditary brahmin men from the Kuchipudi village in Telugu South India have
been donning a stri-vesam (woman’s guise), to enact female
characters in dance dramas featuring Hindu religious themes. Drawing on
ethnographic fieldwork in South India, the talk outlines analyzes the perils of
brahmin masculinity in the Kuchipudi village and in transnational Kuchipudi dance.
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