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Khabar magazine writes about the Global Bollywood Dance Project, "Bollywood to Bollynatyam."

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Indiawest covers Bollynatyam® and Is It All About Hips?, ‘Bollynatyam’ Book, Blog Attracting Fans Around the World.

press about Sangita's book on Bollywood dance

Asian Journal Social Science

Sangita's book on Bollywood Dance is reviewed by the Asian Journal of Social Science. Read the review!

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Prominent Czech dance magazine writes about and interviews Sangita

Times of India

Times of India references Sangita and her book about Bollywood dance.

marie claire india dec 2011

“Media artist Sangita Shresthova delves into the world of Bollywood moves to unwrap their appeal.” (S. Guha, Marie Claire, December 2011)

India's leading newspaper

“Well-researched study about what are generally relegated as item numbers….Describing Bollywood dance, as it is practised today, as a unique film-based global dance phenomenon, the author takes the reader to locations around the world, such as Mumbai, Kathmandu, and Los Angeles.” (D. Murali, The Hindu, December 9, 2011)

Nepali Times

“It is probably Sangita's cosmopolitan upbringing and academic rigour that makes such a deeper understanding of this genre possible. As Bollywood is Hollywood-ised and sheds dance sequences, Sangita's book ensures that the musical interludes we still get to see in Bollywood cinema will never be the same again.” (Kunda Dixit, Nepali Times, November 4, 2011)

Dancing Times Feb 2012

“Bollywood dance, which now have worldwide currency, has thus far not been written about seriously. However, this worthy and well researched book is a step in the right direction.” (Reginald Massey, Dancing Times (UK), February 2012)

The Sunday Indian review

“The book, which zigzags through India, Nepal, the United States, is a fine blend of in depth research, humour, and astute cultural sensitivity...Is It All About Hips? has a lot more to say besides hip movements and pelvic thrusts..” (Priya Kanungo, The Sunday Indian, December 7, 2011)

Mail Today Delhi, India

“This gem of a book takes us through a journey of Bollywood hip thursts and gyrations in a wonderfully researched reclamation of our wicked past.” (Charu Soni, Mail Today (Delhi), November 27, 2011)

The Pioneer, Delhi, India

“You embark on upon this journey at a live performance in London, and travel with the author discovering how this unique dance form has united peoples and cultures far and wide.” ( The Pioneer (New Delhi), November 20, 2011)

TimeOut, Bengalaru, India

“Sangita Shresthova’s book studies Bollywood dance in lesser-seen places.” (Suhani Singh, Time Out – Bengaluru, January 14, 2012)

Henry Jenkins Blog

Henry Jenkins interviews Sangita about her book.

Nepali Times

Nepali Times interviews Sangita about her book.

press about Dancing Kathmandu documentary film

"sensitive, though provoking...a much needed exploration of dance as cultural survival in today's Nepal." (Judy Mitoma, Director of UCLA Center for Intercultural Performance)

"Sangita's 'Dancing Kathmandu'… will make the minds of the people of Kathmandu, who are forgetting their traditional dances, dance." (Kantipur Daily)

"For Shresthova, a person of mixed lineage (father's a Shrestha, mother a Czech), she could not have received a greater love, a better audience, and a better venue and festival for the premiere of her documentary, than she received on the afternoon of December 8...Many questions were asked, many issues raised but... judging by the audience's reactions, the documentary was well received as many a guffaw of laughter roared throughout the film." (The Himalayan)

"A camera follows Sangita's research on dance in Kathmandu. The pieces…have been put together to form a beautiful picture of the decreasing original heritage and increasing cultural deformity in this hilly capital." (Kantipur Daily)

"Sangita has made 'culture' the subject of her documentary. In the film her childhood dance teacher, Bina Joshi explains the spiritual and classical aspects of Nepal's dance cultures. Suddenly stopping in an alley, she points to the top of a crumbling temple. There are statues of dancing deities on the ledges. 'Look at that' the teacher says, " Next time when you are, they may be destroyed already." In this innocent way, the documentary has touched many a heart and essence."(Kantipur Daily)

"By the time the programme finally began, it was almost half-an-hour past the scheduled time… However, the delay was not due to some technical problems or the chief guest not arriving on time. It was because of thehuge, huge turnout for the premiere Sangita Shresthova's Dancing Kathmandu…." (The Himalayan)

"'Dancing Kathmandu' shows traditional 'Charya' dance, modern film dances and also… dancers in the dance restaurants of Kathmandu."(Himal Magazine)

"On Friday, the festival started with the showing of 'Dancing Kathmandu' in Gurukul. The documentary made by Sangita Shresthova, the daughter of a Nepali father and Czechoslovakian mother… explores the dance traditions of Nepal. The documentary expresses the point of view that the Nepalese society is till not accepting dancing as a profession. At the same time, there is also the belief that dance will gain importance in the coming days."(Kantipur Daily)

other press

VerveONLINE Spotlight, "Parmesh's ViewFinder," November, 2008.

Wenn Tanzen zur einer aktiven Krisenhilfe wird (When dance becomes activism) (Koeln Stadt Zeitung, 2008)

The Transmedia of CMS (In Media Res, MIT, 2008)

Breathtaking, bombastic and bewildering Bollywood (Czech Business Weekly, 2008)

Bollywood Goes to Prague and One Festival-Goer Goes Behind the Scenes (India Currents, 2008)

Bollywood Checks into Prague (Times Online, 2008)

Eastern EU-Coup - Upen's New Czech Mates (Eastern Eye, 2008)

Spicy Taste of Bollywood (The Prague Post, 2007)

Guff Gaff with Sangita Shresthova (Kathmandu Post, 2007)

Films at KIMFF (Y Magazine, 2007)

People, Passion and Dance at Gurukul (Himalayan Times, 2007)

Post Natyam: An International Collective (Narthaki, 2006)

Když Bolly potkal Holly (When Bolly Met Holly) (MF Plus, 2006)

This Heart is Nepali but... (Samaya Magazine, 2005)

Sangita Shresthova: A Portrait (Kathmandu Post, 2005)

Odvezli mě do Nepalu (They took me to Nepal) (Cosmopolitan Magazine, 2004)

Sangita Shresthova - Czech-Nepalese Dancer Bringing Bollywood to Prague (Czech Radio, 2004)

Indický tanec: rytmus, výraz, pohyb (Indian dance: rhythm, expression, movement) (Lidové Noviny, 2004)

Sangita Shresthova and Kalaripayat (Fighter's Magazine, 2004)

Nesmí být poznat že jsem žena (Concealing that I am a woman) (Hospodářské Noviny, 2004)

Bruselská skupina představí unikátní umění jižní Indie (Brussels Group Introduces a Unique Artform from South India) (MF Dnes, 2004)

MIT Gayin' Dooriyan (Little India, 2003)

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