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

In: Exchange
View More View Less
  • 1 Wake Forest University School of Divinity, Winston-Salem NC, USA

Purchase instant access (PDF download and unlimited online access):

$30.00

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.

  • 16

    Prabhu, The Saint Paul’s New Community Bible, 1.

  • 39

    M. Gnanavaram, ‘ “Dalit Theology” and the Parable of the Good Samaritan’, Journal for the Study of the New Testament 50 (1992), 73.

    • Search Google Scholar
    • Export Citation

Content Metrics

All Time Past Year Past 30 Days
Abstract Views 68 25 3
Full Text Views 40 0 0
PDF Downloads 4 0 0