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Gaudiya Nritya

Bengali classical dance.
Performance of Gaudiya Nritya by Mahua Mukherjee
Gaudiya Nritya

Gaudiya Nritya (Bengali: গৌড়ীয় নৃত্য) or Gauriya Nritya, is a Bengali classical dance tradition.[1][2][3] It originates from Gauda, also known as Gaur, in Bengal.[4]

It has been reconstructed by Mahua Mukherjee.[3][5] It is not recognised as an Indian classical dance by the Sangeet Natak Akademi,[5] but study of it is eligible for scholarships from the Ministry of Culture of India.[6] Scholarly reception of the reconstruction ranges from caution to scepticism.[7][8][9][10]


  1. ^ 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".
  2. ^ "West Bengal Tourism: Dance". Department of Tourism, Government of West Bengal. 2011. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Bharatram, Kumudha (April 9, 2011). "Dance of the ancients". The Hindu. Retrieved November 15, 2013.
  4. ^ Mukherjee, Mahua (2000). Gaudiya Nritya (in Bengali). Kolkata: The Asiatic Society.
  5. ^ a b Rajan, Anjana (December 26, 2006). "The wheel has come full circle". The Hindu.
  6. ^ "Scholarship to Young Artistes, 2005". Ministry of Culture. Government of India. Archived from the original on October 21, 2013.
  7. ^ 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".
  8. ^ Leela Venkataraman (2006). Negotiating the Extremes: dance. India International Centre Quarterly, 33 (1): 93-102. (subscription required) "one may have reservations about the classical dance repertoire visualised by [Mukherjee]".
  9. ^ Roma Chatterji (2005). p. 9: "Mukherjee tries to reconstitute a Bengali aesthetic within the perspective of pan-Indian civilisation".
  10. ^ 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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