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Purnima Shah, Assistant Professor of the Practice, Dance

Purnima Shah
Contact Info:
Office Location:  212 Bivins Building
Office Phone:  (919) 660-3377
Email Address: send me a message

Teaching (Fall 2020):

    Rubenstein 131, MW 01:25 PM-02:40 PM
    (also cross-listed as ICS 102.01)
    Rubenstein 230, MW 11:45 AM-01:00 PM
    (also cross-listed as GSF 212.01, ICS 215.01, THEATRST 236.01)

Ph.D.University of Wisconsin at Madison2000
Ph.D. Performance Studies and EthnographyUniversity of Wisconsin, Madison2000
MA in Dance EthnologyUniversity of California, Los Angeles1992
M.A.University of California at Los Angeles1992

Performance Studies
Research Interests: Asian Dance and Theatre Performance, Dance Ethnography, Dance History and Theory, Asian dance Diaspora


Asia • Dance • Theater • Dance Ethnography

Representative Publications   (More Publications)

  1. Shah, P, Performing Migration: the Journeys of Indian Dance in America, Attendance: the Dance Annual of India, vol. 15 (2013), pp. 54-61
  2. Shah, Purnima, Documentary film, Dancing with the Goddess: the Ras-Garba Traditions of Gujarat. (2012)  [author's comments]
  3. Shah, P, “Dance: 1200-1900 CE” Cultural Sociology of West, Central and South Asia., in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia and Africa Encyclopedia. Sage Reference, vol. IV, part II (2012)
  4. Shah, P, Bhakti Andolana Prerita Natya ane Nrtya Prakaromam Bhaktirasa ane Madhuryabhava = The Concept of Bhaktirasa and Madhurabhava in the Bhakti Genre of Indian Dance-Theatre. (2010), B. J. Institue of Learning and Research
  5. Shah, P, Physio-Spiritual Transcendence through the Practice of Devotional Dance-Theatre in India, Repertorio: Teatro & Danca, University of Bahia, vol. 15 no. 18 (2012), pp. 43-48  [abs]
  6. Shah, Purnima, Editor, South Asia and South-east Asia Volume,, Encyclopedia of World Dance (2006-09)  [author's comments]
  7. Shah, Purnima, Garba Dance and Goddess Worship in Gujarat, India (in-progress) (2013)
  8. Shah, P, Randala Ritual: Women’s Heritage and Identity in Gujarat, India, in Ritual, Heritage and Identity: The Politics of Culture and Performance in a Globalized World, edited by Brosius, C; Polit, K (2011), New Delhi: Routledge.
  9. Shah, P, Innovative Approaches in Contemporary Kathak Dance: a Choreographic Appreciation, Nartanam, a Quarterly Journal of Indian Dance, vol. XI no. 3 (September, 2011), pp. 66-77
  10. Shah, P, Some Issues on Gender Politics in the Bhakti Genre of Dance-Theatre Performance, Samipya Journal of Indology, vol. XXV no. 3-4 (October, 2009), pp. 1-33
  11. Shah, P, Negotiating Gender in Contemporary Kathak Dance Choreography, Samipya Journal of Indology, vol. XXV no. 1-2 (April, 2008), pp. 1-15
Conferences Organized

  • Across the Threshold: Creativity, Being, Healing, Planning Committee member and Presentation coordinator, 2012 -2013  
Assistant Professor of the Practice of Dance, (Asian Dance and Theatre, Dance History and Theory, Kathak dance technique) holds a Ph.D. in Performance Studies and Ethnography with a focus on Asian Performance. As a classical dancer specializing in Bharatanatyam and Kathak dances of India, she performed as a government delegate for India in Portugal, Germany, Sweden, Mongolia, USA and the former USSR.