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PhD research project: Can YouTube be a Guru? Indian Dance Gurus in Transformation: Changing Perceptions of Their Status, Role and Function from Text to Digital Media

My PhD research project explores the transformations in the figure of guru and his authority in Indian society from classical Sanskrit texts to the contemporary mediatized contexts, focusing on the gurus of Indian classical kathak dance. Gurus traditionally have a specific and highly revered position in Indian society – they can be seen as an embodiment of authority. Gurus and guru-like figures can be found everywhere in Indian society, from religions and arts to politics and business. This research focuses on kathak dance as the base of exploration, examining the changes and continuities in the authority ascribed to the guru in the transmission of dance heritage from one generation to the next. The approach is multi-disciplinary, combining methodological and theoretical elements from South Asian Studies, Religious Studies, Ethnology, and Communication and Media Studies.

The PhD project has been funded by the Finnish Cultural Foundation / Suomen kulttuurirahasto (Aug 2017 - Jul 2018) and SYLFF (Aug 2018 - Jul 2019).

Utbildning / akademisk kvalifikation

South Asian Studies, MA, Helsingfors universitet

Keywords

  • 6160 Övriga humanistiska vetenskaper

Publikationer 2017 2017

Indian Dance Gurus and Their Authority in Transformation

Mannila, H., 2017, Research on India in Finland : Past, Present, Future. Zeiler, X. (red.). Helsinki: Embassy of India, Helsinki, s. 52-60 9 s.

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Öppen tillgång

Projekter 2019 2020

Aktiviteter 2012 2018

  • 9 !!Oral presentation

Gītagovinda. A confluence of dance, devotion and poetics

Hanna Mannila (!!Speaker), Mikko Juhani Viitamäki (!!Speaker)
23 mar 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Institution within Institution – Incorporating the Guru-Shishya-Parampara within Kathak Dance Institutes

Hanna Mannila (!!Speaker)
25 jul 2018

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Can YouTube Be a Guru? Indian Dance Gurus and Their Authority in Transformation

Hanna Mannila (!!Speaker)
29 maj 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Indian Dance Gurus and Their Authority in Transformation

Hanna Mannila (!!Speaker)
11 maj 2017

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation

Ritual Aspects in Today's Kathak Practice

Hanna Mannila (!!Speaker)
28 jul 2016

Aktivitet: Typer för tal eller presentation!!Oral presentation