Press & References

2019 - Celluloid Classicism: Early Tamil Cinema and the Making of Modern Bharatanatyam.  Hari Krishnan.  (To my delight, my blog and references to my posts are cited multiple times in this excellent book, a work that is reminiscent of the style and academic contributions of Davesh Soneji).

April 24, 2018 - "Passionate about Indian Cinema and Dance." - Natyaloka, Swaroopa Unni  (interview about me and my blog).

2016 - Languid Bodies, Grounded Stances: The Curving Pathway of Neoclassical Odissi Dance.  Nandini Sikand.  Brief reference: "I hope scholars will explore other sites where odissi is reinvented and reimagined, and examine how practitioners engage and create new contexts...other areas of possible research are the way in which odissi appears in Indian cinema; an excellent blog researching this is "Cinema Nritya Gharana."

July 27, 2014 - "The Story of Jack Cole, Jazz, and the "Hindu Swing" of the 1950s" - Hindu Press International (Hinduism Today) - "PI Note: We came across by chance today this long article on a noted dancer of the 1930-50s, Jack Cole, who had learned--from whom is uncertain--a fair amount of Bharatanatyam dance style. He then developed a form of jazz dancing using some of this style, including for movie dance choreography. This blog, whose author identifies herself only as "Cassidy, a white chick" wrote up a long article on Cole in 2011, along with clips from the old movies, some of which are absolutely fascinating."

November 16, 2013 - "Why A Dance is Worth a Thousand Words" - Livemint, Shoba Narayan (brief mention)

June 9, 2012 - "More Than Meets the Eye" - The Statesman (article unlocatable online at present)

June 8, 2012 - "Superstars - Foreigners usually fall in love with Bollywood but for minai, Rajinikanth, Kamal Hassan and Prabhu Deva are the real heroes" - The Statesman (an edited version of my "How South Indian Films Stole My Heart" post - article unlocatable online at present)

May 31, 2012 - "Desi Films Foreign Fans" - Indian Express, Dipti Nagpaul-D'Souza (brief mention)

April 5, 2012 - "Dance Moves from Reel to Internet" - Asian Age, Ranjana Dave

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  1. kamal haasan to perform a kathak song in his upcoming film vishwaroopam choreographed by the legendary pandit birju maharaj


  3. anon - Thanks for the information (though the press page is an unusual place to post it :]). I had heard rumors of this a few months ago but it's nice to see that it indeed happened and that Kamal's entire role revolves around his being a Kathak dancer! I'm very curious what the final dances will look like, especially after seeing the trailer. Although after seeing the terrible "tandav dance" in Pranali that Birju Maharaj lent his skills to (as "creative guide," not choreographer), I've stopped automatically assuming that his name attached to a dance means it's great. :)

  4. but didnt he choreograph the madhuri dixit song in devdas ?
    here are some new trailers from vishwaroopam

  5. Hi
    I'm looking for freelance articles for the Sunday magazine on culture. Would you be interested?

    Ravi Shankar
    Executive Editor
    New Indian Express



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