Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Indu Mitha's vision of dance in Pakistan

From "Choreographing [in] Pakistan: Indu Mitha, Dancing Occluded histories in “The Land of the Pure”" by Feriyal Amal Islam (page 246,http://www.escholarship.org/uc/item/8km963tz )
"My “jihad” in the promotion and acceptance of dance in Pakistan is based on my belief that no art form worth its name is narrowly confined to any religion, faith, historical time or lifestyle. Art evolves like language. For example, Britons today do not easily understand the King James Bible, once considered a literary standard, or even speak “the King’s English” which was dinned into me in my school days.
Dance in Pakistan needs to be understood by people of our time; hence it must have understandable lyrics, gestures and costumes that hold meaning for us."

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