MINDAS (Minpaku Integrated Area Studies-South Asia)


Visiting Research Fellow, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, National University of Singapore/ Visiting Fellow, National Museum of Ethnology

Academic Qualifications

  • B.A. Nihon University College of Art 1995
  • M.A. Okinawa Prefectural University of Arts 2001
  • M.A. Osaka University 2003
  • Ph.D. Osaka University 2012

Research Interest

  • Transformation of Ritual Performance and the Practitioner’s Social Relationship in Kerala
  • Modernization and Globalization of Indian Performing Arts
  • Impact of the Cultural Policy, Media, Education, and Migration on Indian Performing Arts in South East Asia

Research Keywords

Kerala, Singapore, Anthropology of the Performing Arts, Ritual Performance, Globalization of Indian Performing Arts, Contemporary and Hybridity of Indian Dance, Transformation of Practitioner’s Social Relationship and life-world

Publications (English Publications Only)

2018 “Conflict between Cultural Perpetuation and Environmental Protection: A Case Study of Ritual Performance in North Malabar, South India.” In Dance Matter II: Frontier of Performance Research, New Delhi: Routledge.
2013 “The Evolution of Social Identity through Changing Perceptions of Traditional Performance in Kerala, South India.” In Young Researcher Overseas Visits Program for Vitalizing Brain Circulation: Triangulation Project for the Understanding of Asian and African Areas, International Seminar Program: Succession, Innovation and Transformation of Traditional Culture-Performing Arts and Oral Tradition in the Asia-Pacific Region Final Report, 163-170. Kyoto: Graduate School of Asian and African Area Studies, Kyoto University.


2014 “Positioning Bharatanatyam in Singapore in the 21th Century: Ethnic/National/South Asian or World Dance? ”, International Conference on Bharatanatyam in Singapore 2014: the Emergence, Development & Future Directions of Bharatanatyam in Singapore & Malaysia, National University of Singapore, 7 December, Singapore, Singapore.
2014 “Transmission of Local Ritual Performance in the Kerala Diaspora and its Impact on the Life-World of the Practitioners.” IUAES 2014 with JASCA: the Future with/of Anthlopologies, Panel 5: The Transformation of South Asian Performing Arts in the Age of Globalization-an Anthropological Analysis, Makuhari Messe, 18 May, Chiba, Japan.
2013 “Traveling the Tradition: the Life History of a Malayalee Dancer and Transmitting of Indian Performing Arts into Singapore in the 20th Century.” Congress on Research in Dance/Society of Dance History Scholars 2013 Joint Conference, Decentering Dance Studies: Moving in New Global, Mission in & Spa, 15 November, Riverside, U.S.A.
2013 “Conflict between Cultural Perpetuation and Environmental Protection: the Roles of Worship, Hunting and State in Ritual Performance in North Malabar, South India.” International Symposium on Dance Matter II: Frontiers of Performance Research, Jadavpur University, 19 July, Kolkata, India.
2013 “When the Local Divine Goes Abroad: the Flourishing of Muthappan Ritual and Malayalee Diaspora Communities in Singapore.” 8th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS 8 at Macao): The East-West Crossroads, panel of The Transformation of South Asian Performing Arts in the Age of Globalization; an Anthropological Analysis, Venetian Macao Resort Hotel, 24 June, Macao, China.
2012 “Transformation of Values and Social Status: Three Generations of Teyyam Practitioners in Kerala, South India.” 2012 Conference of the Congress on Research in Dance, Re-generations: Cultural Legacies in Contemporaries Context, Embassy Suites Hotel and the University of New Mexico, 19 November, Albuquerque, U.S.A.
2008 “Divinity, Gulf Money and the Flourishing of Ritual Performance in Kerala, South India.” International Council for Traditional Music, 6th Symposium of the Study Group on Music and Minorities & 2nd Symposium of the Study Group on Applied Ethnomusicology, the Dien Luc Hotel, 22 July, Hanoi, Vietnam.