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Louise Lightfoot in Search of India: An Australian Dancer’s Experience

Sarwal, Amit (2017) Louise Lightfoot in Search of India: An Australian Dancer’s Experience. [Book, Journal, Proceedings Edited]

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Abstract

Today, Indian dance in Australia is represented by professional dance artists, companies, schools, and amateur community groups. They have, over the years, performed both traditional classical works as well as Bollywood pieces, and participated in various dance and cultural festivals organised throughout Australia. Louise Lightfoot, an Australian architect turned ballet teacher, is credited with successfully promoting a range of Indian classical dance forms. Lightfoot as a dedicated impresario for Ananda Shivaram, Rajkumar Priyagopal Singh, and Ibetombi Devi, urged Australian audiences not to see Indian dance as just an ancient, mysterious, and spiritual art form, but try to truly understand the value of this complex art of Indian dance and culture in order to strengthen cultural bonds. This book brings together Lightfoot’s thirty-three essays, reflecting her broader worldview as a dancer, choreographer, and impresario. Louise’s essays segue into each other and echo her various encounters with India and its diverse cultural conditions, beliefs and philosophies.

Item Type: Book, Journal, Proceedings Edited
Uncontrolled Keywords: Australia, India, British Empire, dance, classical dance, hindi cinema, Hinduism, Kathakali, Ballet, dance theory, dance history, Australia-India relations, culture
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA Great Britain
D History General and Old World > DS Asia
J Political Science > JV Colonies and colonization. Emigration and immigration. International migration
L Education > LG Individual institutions (Asia. Africa)
N Fine Arts > N Visual arts (General) For photography, see TR
N Fine Arts > NE Print media
P Language and Literature > PI Oriental languages and literatures
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Law and Education (FALE) > School of Language, Arts and Media
Depositing User: Amit Sarwal
Date Deposited: 21 May 2018 12:06
Last Modified: 21 May 2018 12:06
URI: http://repository.usp.ac.fj/id/eprint/10724
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