History of Gauriya Nritya Dance
History of Gauriya Nritya Dance History of Gauriya Nritya Dance

Gaudiya Nritya (Bengali), or Gauriya Nritya, is a Bengali classical dance tradition.

It originates from Gauda, also known as Gaur, in Bengal.

It has been reconstructed by Mahua Mukherjee.

It is not recognized as an Indian classical dance by the Sangeet Natak Akademi, but study of it is eligible for scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of India. Scholarly reception of the reconstruction ranges from caution to skepticism.

Roma Chatterji (2005). Folklore and the Construction of National Tradition. Indian Folklife 19 (Folklore Abroad: On the Diffusion and Revision of Sociocultural Categories): 9. Accessed January 2014. "a classical dance tradition that has vanished from the urban areas".
"West Bengal Tourism: Dance". Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal. 2011. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
Bharatram, Kumudha (April 9, 2011). "Dance of the ancients". The Hindu. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
Rajan, Anjana (December 26, 2006). "The wheel has come full circle". The Hindu.
"Scholarship to Young Artistes, 2005". Ministry of Culture. Government of India.
Utpal Kumar Banerjee (2006). Indian performing arts: a mosaic. New Delhi: Harman Publishing House. ISBN 9788186622759. p. 79: "re-creating Gaudiya Nritya as one of the acceptable classical styles will need a formal framework".
Leela Venkataraman (2006). Negotiating the Extremes: dance. India International Centre Quarterly, 33 (1): 93-102. "one may have reservations about the classical dance repertoire visualised by [Mukherjee]".
Roma Chatterji (2005). p. 9: "Mukherjee tries to reconstitute a Bengali aesthetic within the perspective of pan-Indian civilisation".
Susan Leigh Foster (2009). Worlding dance: Studies in international performance. Basingstoke; New York: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN 9780230205949. p. 125: "I urgently distance my project from that of Kolkata-based scholar, Mahua Mukherjee".

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