Constructing the Body through Dance: Overcoming Social Malice
Dance can also be construed as a structure of devotion and worship, a way of glorifying ancestors, means of propitiating the Deity, or a process to produce delight. All, in whatsoever manner, require and necessitate apt concentration, resulting into empowering our bodies only for this sole purpose. This in turn distracts the being from other tumultuous orders. As a proponent of “Kathak”, an ancient and worldwide popular dance form of India, I study the structural changes occurring over a passage of time, through this journey. I discuss the issues arising in consonance within the society, which is attended to simultaneously. Dance assists to conserve the people’s culture in the most effective manner, and in the process addresses the factor of “negativity”, thereby overcoming social maladies. A case study methodology has been applied in this analysis, hypothesis being that proper construction of the body via dance is satisfying, both to the mind, and the eternal world.