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Performing Ecstasy: The Poetics and Politics of Religion in India
Ecstasy: The Poetics and Politics of Religion in India
Chakravorty nd Scott Kugle (eds.)
ideal of ecstasy is central to the cross-fertilization between Hinduism and
Islam in South Asia. That is the basic theme of this volume, which explores how
mysticism associated with rapture, ecstasy, eroticism, longing, and suffering
were the human emotions which held the key to knowing the divine in both
Hinduism and Islam. The performing arts (such as dance, music, poetry or the
abstract concept of performativity) offer a potent lens to examine ecstasy and
the ecstatic body.
the performing body in religious devotion, the essays in this volume reorient
the discourse of the body as it emerged in scholarly disciplines such as
anthropology and sociology. The essays draw from new theoretical research into
the nature and importance of performance in imagining the cultural and
religious life of South Asia.
From a South
Asian perspective, these essays enhance the engagement of performance studies
with the intellectual idea of embodiment. One common thread that ties together
these essays is the linked concepts of sringara-rasa (erotic emotion)
and bhakti (loving devotion). All of them draw from new theoretical
research into the nature and importance of the body through evidence drawn from
architecture, painting, drama, poetry, qawwali singing, dance, yoga, and
Chakravorty teaches kathak dance and academic
courses related to the anthropology of performance in the Department of Music
and Dance at Swarthmore College. Founder and artistic director of Courtyard
Dancers, she is an anthropologist, dancer, choreographer, and cultural worker.
Scott Kugle is a Research Fellow at the Henry Martyn Institute for Research,
Interfaith Relations and Reconciliation in Hyderabad, India, after having
taught for several years in the Department of Religion at Swarthmore College.
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