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Is It All About Hips?

Is It All About Hips?
Around the World with Bollywood Dance

First Edition
Critical Acclaim

September 2011 | 276 pages | SAGE India
The first comprehensive book on Bollywood dance culture, Is It All About Hips? traces Bollywood dances as they are interpreted, created, and produced in three locations: Mumbai (India), Kathmandu (Nepal), and Los Angeles (USA).

In this pioneering work, Sangita Shresthova brings alive the world of Bollywood dance through the chronicling and analyses of live performances, dance classes, film spectatorship, and personal narratives.

Watch how dances travel and meanings unravel…

Foreword Kabir Bedi
Dancing through the Decades: A Bit of Theory and History
Bombay and the Bodies of Bollywood Dance
Under Bollywood's Big Umbrella? Bollywood Dance in Kathmandu
More Indian Than India? Bollywood Dance in Los Angeles
Selected Films Cited

The book, which zigzags through India, Nepal, the United States, is a fine blend of in depth research, humour, and astute cultural sensitivity….Is It All About Hips? has lot more to say.

The Sunday Indian

Sangita Shresthova’s book is a personalised ethnography of Bollywood dance, and the reader follows her as she follows the trail of “Bollynatyam” form one continent to the other.

Nepali Times

The book has plenty of useful notes at the end, a list of films and a glossary and the index is useful, too. This was an interesting read, indeed an enjoyable journey through Bollywood dance.

South Asia Research

Her artistic vision, sensitivity to her subjects, and her eye to story-tell tough real world issues through visual performance in superb. I believe her rather unusual Czech/Nepali cultural background allows her to traverse nuanced cultural issues.

Peter Sellars
theatre, opera and festival director

Shresthova`s experiences as a dancer and choreographer allow her to observe and describe these performances with a nuanced attention to detail, while her theoretical sophistication gives us a larger framework for thinking about what live performance means in an increasingly global, but nevertheless always local, culture.

Henry Jenkins
Author of Convergence Culture: Where Old and New Media Collide

An exciting, sensitive, accessible journey through Bollywood dance.

Mira Kaushik
Director of Akademi - South Asian Dance UK

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ISBN: 9788132106852