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New Guest Blog Post by Kaustavi Sarkar
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New Guest Post on NDEO’s Behind the Curtain Blog

Sadhana: A Philosophy of Practice Across Analog and Digital Conduits

By Kaustavi Sarkar, Professor, Department of Dance, University of North Carolina at Charlotte 


“During the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the screen becomes a crucial portal of engagement. Famed novelist Arundhati Roy shows how the coronavirus might be a “portal, a gateway between one world and the next,” and perhaps, a possibility for reimagining futures. As an Odissi soloist-scholar-educator (Odissi is an eastern Indian classical dance form), I innovatively deploy my Sadhana, or daily dance practice, as a modality of building virtual communities of practice with students as well as peers using online networking platforms, such as ZOOM.”

In this guest blog post, Kaustavi Sarkar discusses how repurposing culturally rooted epistemologies in the online dissemination of dance education can serve as a community building exercise. Read more here

About the Author: 

Kaustavi Sarkar, Assistant Professor in the Department of Dance at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, is an Indian dance artist/ academic. She is the Artistic Director of Kaustavi Movement Center, an India-based organization dedicated to feminist, queer, and transnational research and dissemination of Indian classical dance. Her interdisciplinary research interests include digital humanities, cultural studies, practice-as-research, queer studies, and religious studies. She has presented her scholarly/ creative research in World Dance Alliance, Dance Studies Association, South Asian Studies Conference, Triangle Digital Humanities Institute, and Game Developers Conference. Her work has been published by Choreographic Practices, Performance Research, Research in Dance Education, Kairos: A Journal of Rhetoric, Technology, and Pedagogy, and Dance Research Journal. She is working on her monograph Dance, Technology, Social Justice currently under review with McFarland Publishers. She holds an MS in Economics from Texas A&M University and a PhD in Dance from The Ohio State University. 

Call for Guest Bloggers:

We are currently seeking guest bloggers, with a special call to those who can provide insight into teaching during the COVID-19 outbreak: online teaching methods, emotional learning and support through dance, wellness and stress-reduction practices for teachers and students, injury prevention for at-home learners, and more. If you are interested in learning more about the guest blogger program or submitting an article for consideration, please email Shannon Dooling-Cain at
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