South Asia Research and Information Institute,

Southern Methodist University's Department of Religious Studies, &

Indian Cultural Heritage Foundation


present a one day conference on


The History of Catirattam/Bharatanatyam




Reconstructing the Nature of Virali�s Dance

Dr. S. Palaniappan, President, South Asia Research and Information Institute


Cinna Melam: Tamil roots of Bharatanatyam

Dr. Saskia Kersenboom, Associate Professor of Theatre Studies, University of Amsterdam


Under The Royal Umbrella: Dance in Nayaka Tanjavur (17th -18th century)

Ms. Lakshmi Vishwanathan, Vice President, Music Academy, Chennai


Of Wandering Fortune-Tellers, Birdcatchers, and Kings:

The Multilingual Kuravanci Dance Dramas of Maratha Tanjavur

Dr. Indira V. Peterson, David B. Truman Professor of Asian Studies, Mt. Holyoke College


The Pleasures of Performance:

Salon Dance in Nineteenth and Early Twentieth-Century South India

Dr. Davesh Soneji , Assistant Professor of South Indian Religions, McGill University


Bharatanatyam: The Modernity of the Classical

Dr. Amrit Srinivasan, Professor of Sociology, Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi


chaired by

Dr. Steven E. Lindquist

Asst. Professor of Religious Studies, Southern Methodist University


9 AM - 5 PM

Saturday, September 22, 2007


McCord Auditorium, Dallas Hall, Southern Methodist University




For Directions to Southern Methodist University, see

Park free in the lot north of Dallas Hall on Daniel Avenue at Athens Avenue. Additional parking is available in the visitor lot on Airline Road at University Blvd.


Registration is closed.


For more information, visit or call:

Ms. Revathi Satyu (214) 587-1729, Ms. Suma Kulkarni (972) 960-9223, Ms. Radha Sury (972) 416-6779, Dr. Steven Lindquist (214) 768-2105


Seating is limited and due to overwhelming number of registrants, we have reached the capacity of the auditorium. Regretfully, we are unable to accomodate any walk-ins.


Thank you for your understanding