by shambhavee sharma on Thursday, September 14, 2017
- Session type
- Technical level
An exploration of all the ways in which my body- a non-‘male’ body- is made to feel bound and inadequate.
Is my stomach too big? God, look at that fat dangling off my arms. I can’t go out with so much hair on my body! No one will kiss me while my upperlip is still dark.
Pulverizing social pressures of ideal beauty and femininity (or even masculinity or any other ‘-ity’, for that matter, because norms are omnipresent) force bodies (here, a woman’s) into strange dents and impressions, and a body not conforming to these ideals is left with marks of criticism that are resistant to erasure.
Shambhavee Sharma is a dancer based out of Delhi, and a fresh Master’s graduate in Arts and Aesthetics from Jawaharlal Nehru University. Hailing from Dehradun, the experience of living in hostels and PGs have left her frustrated at the ridiculous rules for imposed specifically for women. Trained in Kathak with a Visharad, she is now learning Odissi and pole dancing. Underlining and connecting all these ‘forms’, however, is her engagement with contemporary dancing. Loves children’s illustration, singing loudly, coffee and painting walls.