Nachna Jaana Paam: Thoughts on Komal Oli’s Teej Songs and Dancing

The Record asked for an article on Teej and Komal Oli, and I was happy to oblige. The article, Nachna Jaana Paam, can be found in its entirety on The Record‘s website, with more photos and video links.

The gist: “Song words are important, and so is the dancing that the songs inspire. It can be a political act for a woman to simply occupy public space. To do so while joyfully singing and dancing, highlighting the embodied and desiring self, is a creative act of hope. As Komal Oli continues to expand the boundaries of women’s “acceptable” behavior, her Teej songs provide a soundtrack for this expansion.”