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Is It All About Hips? Around the World with Bollywood Dance

Sangita Shresthova, Sage Pub, 2011, 268 p, ISBN : 9788132106852, $25.00 (Includes free airmail shipping)

Is It All About Hips? Around the World with Bollywood Dance

Contents: Foreword by Kabir Bedi. Preface. 1. Introduction. 2. Dancing through the Decades: A Bit of Theory and History. 3. Bombay and the Bodies of Bollywood Dance. 4. Under Bollywood’s Big Umbrella? Bollywood Dance in Kathmandu. 5. More Indian than India? Bollywood Dance in Los Angeles. Conclusion. Appendix 1: Personal Narrative: Feroz’s Story. Appendix 2: Personal Narrative: Sanju’s Story. Appendix 3: Personal Narrative: Seema’s Story. Appendix 4: Personal Narrative: Author’s Story. Notes. Selected Films Cited. Glossary. Index.   

Numerous Bollywood-themed dance classes have sprung up in India and abroad to quench the demand of Indian and non-Indian audiences to learn dance movements they have seen in Bollywood films.

The first comprehensive book on Bollywood dance culture, Is It All About Hips? traces Bollywood dances as they are interpreted, created, and produced in three locations: Mumbai (India), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Los Angeles (USA).

In this pioneering work, Sangita Shresthova brings alive the world of Bollywood dance through the chronicling and analyses of live performances, dance classes, film spectatorship, and personal narratives.

Watch how dances travel and meanings unravel…

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