Picking (on) Prefixes


Unpacking some of the civic, cultural and religious entanglements inherent in the prefixes ‘Indian’ and ‘Classical’, this essay is an attempt to dance the ‘Dance’ out of such prefixity. The letter is addressed as a kind provocation to Rukmiṇi Devi (1904-1986), a woman who was pivotal in shaping the identity of a post-colonial Indian nation-state through her stalwart work on and in dance.
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2020 “Aesthetic Practices of Learning and Unlearning”, Fink Verlag 2017 Lecture Series “Decolonising Aesthetics”, University of Arts Berlin