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Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition$
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Tracy Pintchman

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780195177060

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195177060.001.0001

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 Performing Arts, Re‐forming Rituals:

 Performing Arts, Re‐forming Rituals:

Women and Social Change in South India

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Women's Lives, Women's Rituals in the Hindu Tradition

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This chapter addresses the expression of Hindu women's religiosity through music and dance. It is argued that in contemporary Hinduism the performing arts, which are essentially forms of religious performance, may serve as vehicles not only for women's religious expression, but also for dynamic social commentary and reform. Examples include dancers like Mallika Sarabhai and Chandralekha, who use dance to highlight women's issues and to express themes of anguish and strength. As authors, performers, and consumers of the performing arts, women may engage music and dance both to express their own subjectivities and to help effect social change.

Keywords:   Hindu women, religiosity, music, dance, performing arts, religious expression

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