The Evolution of Song and Dance in Hindi Cinema - An International Symposium

The Evolution of Song and Dance in Hindi Cinema - An International Symposium

In conjunction with the US premiere of Kalpana at Schroeder Hall and the Leela Dance Collective’s Kathak performance in Weill Hall, Sonoma State University will host a major international symposium on Saturday, April 8, dedicated to exploring the evolution of song and dance in Hindi cinema.

The symposium features a group of internationally renowned scholars who will discuss the historical role that song and dance has played, and continues to play, in the cinema now known as Bollywood. Taking place throughout the day in the Alexander Valley Room in the Student Center, this conference provides a fascinating historical context for the twin events at the Green Music Center, allowing patrons and lovers of Indian music and dance to learn more about these art forms. The conference will also include Q&A sessions with scholars and the general public. 

For more information, view the
conference schedule or contact Ajay Gehlawat (
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Kalpana - A Film by Uday Shankar
Friday, April 7, 7pm in Schroeder Hall

Leela Dance
Sat, Apr 8, 7:30pm in Weill Hall

Event Details

Saturday, April 8, 9:00 am
Alexander Valley Room - Student Center


Conference participants
Monia Acciari (DeMontfort University)
Jayson Beaster-Jones (UC Merced)
Nilanjana Bhattacharjya (Arizona State University)
Gregory Booth (University of Auckland)
Rajinder Dudrah (Birmingham City University)
Ajay Gehlawat (Sonoma State University)
Usha Iyer (Stanford University)
Philip Lutgendorf (University of Iowa)
Sangeeta Marwah (University of Southern California)
Anugyan Nag (Jawaharlal Nehru University)
Pavitra Sundar (Hamilton College)