In my position as a researcher, performer, and educator, I respectfully acknowledge the original and current hereditary practitioners of this art. In doing so, I recognize the multiple fraught histories of Bharatanatyam and its affiliated arts. I recognize that the intersections of race, class, caste, gender, sexuality, among other entities have enabled me in practicing this art form to the extent that I have.
This acknowledgment is part of my commitment: to confront exclusions and attempted erasures of Indigenous, Black, and Brown peoples, and others; to accept/embrace/acknowledge peoples’ bodies in their wide range of capacities, abilities, forms, and qualities; to be radically inclusive of queer peoples and bodies in the world and in our field; to support peaceful human mobility across land and waters for all; to being a good guest in travel; to being in a respectful relationship to the land wherever I am; and to building relationships–including becoming a good ally and accomplice. I continue to work creatively towards enacting practices and policies that register these histories and strengthen these layers of knowledge and ways of being.
Adapted from UCR Department of Dance Acknowledgement of Land and People
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