‘Who Is My Good Neighbor?’ Classical Indian Dance in the Prophetic Work of the Church

‘Who Is My Good Neighbor?’ Classical Indian Dance in the Prophetic Work of the Church Abstract The use of the classical dance form bharatanatyam by Catholic Christians has inspired vigorous resistance from Hindus and Christians alike. The most salient of these objections relate to the use of power. Some see this form of ministry as a colonialist appropriation; others argue that it perpetuates caste and religious values that do not belong to the majority of Indian Christians, who are Dalits. While the Church may eventually abandon this form of ministry for such reasons, I argue that the case of Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra, a Catholic school of dance and music in Varanasi that produces dance programs on video disc and YouTube, subverts both forms of hegemony. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Exchange Brill

‘Who Is My Good Neighbor?’ Classical Indian Dance in the Prophetic Work of the Church

Exchange, Volume 41 (2): 103 – Jan 1, 2012

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© Koninklijke Brill NV, Leiden, The Netherlands
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0166-2740
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1572-543X
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10.1163/157254312X638337
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Abstract The use of the classical dance form bharatanatyam by Catholic Christians has inspired vigorous resistance from Hindus and Christians alike. The most salient of these objections relate to the use of power. Some see this form of ministry as a colonialist appropriation; others argue that it perpetuates caste and religious values that do not belong to the majority of Indian Christians, who are Dalits. While the Church may eventually abandon this form of ministry for such reasons, I argue that the case of Nav Sadhana Kala Kendra, a Catholic school of dance and music in Varanasi that produces dance programs on video disc and YouTube, subverts both forms of hegemony.

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Published: Jan 1, 2012

Keywords: Indian Christianity; Christian dance; bharatanatyam ; inculturation; ministry and media

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