Purnima Shah

Associate Professor of the Practice of Dance

Director of the Program in Dance

Chair

External address: 205 Bivins Bldg, Durham, NC 27708
Internal office address: Box 90686, Durham, NC 27708-0686
Phone: (919) 660-3377

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of Wisconsin at Madison 2000

  • M.A., University of California at Los Angeles 1992

Shah, P. "“Dance: 1200-1900 CE” Cultural Sociology of West, Central and South Asia." In Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa Encyclopedia. Sage Reference. 2012.

Shah, P. "Randala Ritual: Women’s Heritage and Identity in Gujarat, India." In Ritual, Heritage and Identity: The Politics of Culture and Performance in a Globalized World,edited by C Brosius and K Polit. New Delhi: Routledge, 2011.

Shah, P. "Contemporary Indian Dance: New Choreographies in India and the Diaspora by Ketu Katrak. Palgrave, 2011." Theatre Journal 65, no. 3 (October 2013): 444-445. (Review)

Shah, P. "Performing Migration: the Journeys of Indian Dance in America." Attendance: the Dance Annual of India 15 (2013): 54-61.

Shah, P. "Physio-Spiritual Transcendence through the Practice of Devotional Dance-Theatre in India." Repertorio: Teatro & Danca, University of Bahia 15, no. 18 (2012): 43-48.

Shah, P. "Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Kathak Dance: a Choreographic Appreciation." Nartanam, a Quarterly Journal of Indian Dance XI, no. 3 (September 2011): 66-77.

Shah, P. "Some Issues on Gender Politics in the Bhakti Genre of Dance-Theatre Performance." Samipya Journal of Indology XXV, no. 3-4 (October 2009): 1-33.

Shah, P. "Negotiating Gender in Contemporary Kathak Dance Choreography." Samipya Journal of Indology XXV, no. 1-2 (April 2008): 1-15.

Shah, P. "Barbara Stoler Miller Conference, Columbia University: A Critical Appraisal of Contemporary Indian Dance Scholarship." Dance Research Journal, Special Issue on South Asian dance 36, no. 2 (December 2004): 119-134.

Shah, P. "Transcending Gender in the Performance of Kathak." Dance Research Journal 30, no. 2 (October 1998): 2-17.

Shah, P. "Farmayishi Poetics of Kathak: Significance of Reception." UCLA Journal of Dance Ethnology 18 (1994): 1-7.

Pages

Dashavatar. Director. (2003)

“Dashavatar,” Supervised choreography for Lasya, Duke South Asian classical Dance student group.

Solo Kathak dance. Choreographer, Director. (2001)

Choreographed a solo Kathak dance piece for the lead male dancer and Artistic Director of the Southern California NDM School of Indian Film Dancing, Los Angeles.

Kathak dance. Choreographer. (2001)

Choreographed Kathak dance performance, University of California, Riverside Asian Indian Culture Show.

Dashavatar. Director. (2003)

“Dashavatar,” Supervised choreography for Lasya, Duke South Asian classical Dance student group.

Solo Kathak dance. Choreographer, Director. (2001)

Choreographed a solo Kathak dance piece for the lead male dancer and Artistic Director of the Southern California NDM School of Indian Film Dancing, Los Angeles.

Kathak dance. Choreographer. (2001)

Choreographed Kathak dance performance, University of California, Riverside Asian Indian Culture Show.

Dance MD Biddle 2017 Proposal awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2017

The Garba Dance and Goddess Worship in Gujarat, India awarded by Mary Duke Biddle Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2009

The Garba Dance and Goddess Worship in Gujarat, India awarded by Josiah Charles Trent Memorial Foundation (Principal Investigator). 2007 to 2009