Dance Films Showcase

Saturday, January 15, 2022

USA: 10am EST

India: 8:30pm IST

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Dr. Arshiya Sethi has curated a special edition of DanzLenz for Rasa Festival. It is built around new and iconic old independent dance films that draw from Indian dance as it finds footprints around the world.

Activist and Independent scholar, Dr. Arshiya Sethi, twice a recipient of the Fulbright Fellowship, writes and speaks on cultural issues. Formerly dance critic for India’s leading daily Times of India, she presented the National programme of Music and Dance on Doordarshan for over three decades, before becoming Advisor, DD Bharati, India’s 24 hours National Arts channel. She was Advisor to Kathak Kendra and has curated three of Kathak Kendra’s festivals including its Golden Jubilee programmes.

In three decades as consultant, building tangible and intangible cultural equities, her defining work was at India Habitat Centre. She helms the Kri Foundation, promoting ‘Artivism’- Arts and Activism, and writes a featured column about new ideas in dance, for the largest portal of Indian dance- Narthaki.  A strong independent voice of artistic leadership, working with several international Universities, think tanks, forums and scholars, she is in the vanguard of efforts to introduce a new US University hosted academic journal on South Asian Dance and its intersections (SADI). Recent efforts to create legal awareness around Arts and the Law has resulted in the website http://www.Unmute.Help, as a one stop resource center for artistes.

Her academic writings can be found in recent anthologies-“Dance Matters Too” (Routledge, 2018), “Indian Dances: Transnational Routes” (OUP, TBP) and “Dance Under the Shadow of the Nation” (2019) a DSA publication which she also co-edited. She is contracted with Routledge for her doctoral work. Forthcoming wirings are on the Indian diaspora and the first decade of Dance in India.

For 20 years she has been running DanzLenz, India’s dance film festival and has presented at UCLA and at the Chicago International Dance Film Festival, besides hosting film makers, Directors of film festivals and curators of dance film festivals from several countries