Fri22Sep201711:00 amSahapedia Annexe C-1/22, Ground Floor, Safdarjung Development Area,
Indian Erotica or ‘Native’ Performance: Nautch in Early Colonial Memory
About the Speaker: Dr. Ruchika Sharma is Assistant Professor of History at Gargi College, University of Delhi and has been teaching for more than a decade at the University of Delhi.
She did her PhD from the Centre for Historical Studies, JNU, in early modern history titled, 'Conjugality, Concubinage and Domesticity: Native Woman and the British Male in Early Colonial Bengal'. She contributed a chapter to the book The East India Company, 1600-1857: Essays on Anglo-Indian Connection, William Pettigrew and Mahesh Gopalan (Eds.), Routledge India (2016) and another chapter in Scripting Dance in Contemporary India, Dr. Mythili Anoop and Arun Gulat (Eds.), Lexington Books, Maryland, USA (2016). She is also a Kathak dancer, choreographer, and performer.
About the talk :The talk observes the construct of the Indian Nautch Girl, in travel writing, memoirs, as well as Indo-European paintings of that time. As a dancer, Dr. Sharma's focus will be on looking at how the nauch girl's dance, her art, and her identity as an artist was viewed in early modern travelogues and depictions. All this against the backdrop of changing political power structures and racial relations.