Ranjana Dave is a writer and Odissi dancer from Bombay. Her writing has appeared in Time Out magazine, NCPA Onstage, The Hindu, Asian Age, Mumbai Theatre Guide and the Indian Express, among other publications. She has worked on curating an online archive of dance video at Pad.ma. She holds a postgraduate degree from the School of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi, where her focus was performance studies. She is the co-founder and programme director of Dance Dialogues, a platform for the dance community to collaborate, reflect and explore ideas that inform their creative practice in multi-disciplinary ways.
Ranjana has trained in Odissi dance since 2005 and pursues dance training and performance actively. In 2013, she was a recipient of the Arthink South Asia Fellowship. In January 2015, as part of the Ignite! Festival of Contemporary Dance in New Delhi, she co-curated the conference Joining the Dots: Points of Shift, Pause, Discontinuity and Rupture, mapping the idea of the ‘contemporary’ in dance by investigating the multiple processes of making dance work in our times. At IGNITE! 2016, she curated the three-day conference Form | Identity | Dissent.
Her essay, Liminal Spaces in Tradition: Odissi as a Continually Evolving Form, features in the reader Tilt Pause Shift: Dance Ecologies in India, published by Tulika Books, 2016.
Ranjana is Programmes Director at the Gati Dance Forum. She lives in Delhi.
This site collates selected pieces of writing by Ranjana over the years.
(Profile photo by Akshiti Roychowdhury).