Dance Education in India: Some Issues and Questions

by Aadya Kaktikar

Photo Courtesy: Debiprasad Sahoo

Photo Courtesy: Debiprasad Sahoo

INTRODUCTION
India is a country that loves to dance. From festivals to films, dance is an integral part of our cultural heritage. A dance culture that is vibrant, diverse, multidimensional, and simultaneously old and new is the legacy of the youth of this country. Though dance had always been a part of the social life of the community in India, the last decade has seen major shifts in the way dance is produced and performed. It has traveled from once being a ‘morally corrupt’ profession, to a spiritual discourse, to a cause for social change. Once considered a ‘esoteric art,’ dance today has become the signifier of a socially mobile, globally aware, politically astute, media savvy, technologically advanced younger generation. [Read more…]