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Pallabi Chakravorty

Associate Professor of Dance

Pallabi Chakravorty

Professor Pallabi Chakravorty is an accomplished dancer, choreographer, and visual anthropologist. She specializes in the study and performance of Kathak, a classical North Indian dance style. She is the founder and artistic director of Courtyard Dancers, a dance troupe that performs contemporary dance from South Asia.

Professor Chakravorty is the author of Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity in India (Berg Publishers, 2007), which critically explores and traces the history of Kathak. She has also published articles in several journals including Dance Research Journal, Moving Worlds: A Journal of Transcultural Writings, Visual Anthropology, and South Asia. Her current research focuses on Bombay film dances and the dancers.

She teaches courses at Swarthmore on the Anthropology of Dance, Mapping Culture and Difference through Dance, Patterns of Asian Dance and Music, Visual Anthropology of Performance, and Bombay Film Dance.

Professor Chakravorty received her B.A. from Jadavpur University, Calcutta, and her Ph.D. from Temple University.

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