Dr Shreeparna Ghosal completed a PhD in English Literature under Prof Malabika Sarkar, Jadavpur University, Kolkata. She is secretary of the Centre for Studies in Romantic Literature, and freelances as a corporate trainer of business communication and soft skills in the management and IT sectors. She studied Bharatanatyam under Guru Smt Thankamani Kutty, Kalamandalam Kolkata, and has also taught there. She has her own institution of Creative Bharatanatyam called Nrtyaadhar. Ghosal is a performer, teacher and choreographer, a committee member and coordinator of ‘Dhitang’ Dance and the Child Movement, West Bengal Chapter, and a committee member of World Dance Alliance, West Bengal Chapter.
Tradition should be viewed objectively and re-evaluated. This paper explores contemporaneity of the creative arts from the point of view of a teacher-performer interested in the various functions of ‘dance’. It examines the system of classical dance training as it used to be and as it is now. Since tradition and the degree of talent are social constructs and are highly subjective, a re-examination of dance criticism becomes important. The economics, which underplay tradition and talent comes under scrutiny. This paper questions the various changes that plague the scene of classical dances in India in its global context.