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Bollywood Dance Economies with Anna Morcom

In this episode we talk with Anna Morcom, whose article “Terrains of Bollywood: (Neoliberal) Capitalism and the Transformation of Cultural Economies” was published in the Spring/Summer 2015 issue of the journal, Ethnomusicology. Morcom explores changes in post-1990’s Indian dance culture. She contrasts the Bollywood dance craze in the middle classes with the rise of less culturally-accepted dance bars, bars in which dancers were showered with money to perform seductively. As a consequence of neoliberal capitalist ideals and the class disparity between those who worked in and frequented dance bars with those who opposed them, these bars have faced numerous legal challenges despite their significant contribution to the Indian dance economy.





Anna Morcom is a Senior Lecturer at Royal Holloway, University of London. She is the author of three books and numerous articles on music and dance in India and Tibet.




Thanks to The Bombay Royale for the music in this episode. The entirety of their song “Oh Sajna” and their other current songs and albums can be found on their website thebombayroyale.com.


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