This is an ethnographic and archival film focusing on ritual performances concerned with goddess worship performed during the Navaratri festival in Gujarat. It is a documentation of dying traditions in the wake of globalization, mass media and urban sprawl.
This paper is a discussion on the training and practice of devotional dance-theatre in India which emerged between the 16th through 19th centuries as a result of wide spread devotional movements that swept the country. Largely led by devotional saints, theologians and religious reformers, the dramatic art of role-playing was employed as a religious technique with an aim of achieving a physio-spiritual transcendence into the higher states of being within an eternal proximity to one’s personal god.
project temporarily stalled due to financial reasons