MINDAS (Minpaku Integrated Area Studies-South Asia)


Research Fellow, Center for Transdisciplinary Innovation

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 it’s Practitioner’s Social Relationship in Kerala
  • Modernization and Globalization of Indian dance
  • Impact of the Cultural Policy, Media, Education, and Migration on Indian Performing Arts in Southeast Asia

Research Keywords

Ritual Performance, Indian Dance, Ethnography, Migration, Cultural Policy, Anthropology of Performing Arts, Area Studies (South Asia)

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 Too: Markets, Memories, Identities, New Delhi: Routledge, pp.
2018 “Reluctant Pedagogies: New Media, Dance, and the Indian Diaspora in Singapore” In Kyoko Matsukawa ed. International Workshop Proceedings "Globalization of Indian Performing Arts in New Media Situation: Dynamics of Cultural Gyre", pp.55-65,
2017 “Good Life and Traditional Occupations: Gulf Money, Social Mobility, and ritual Practices in Kerala, South India” 2015 RINDAS International Conference, Rethinking Religion, Ethics and Political Economy in India and Sri Lanka: Critical Perspectives from Japan, pp. 15-25,
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.


2021 “Challenging New Space and Representational Sound: The New Indian Drum Ensemble in Singapore”, Shiv Nadar University and Music Archive Monash University Online Symposium on Music and Social Affect: Building Genealogies of Music in Asia, Shiv Nadar University: Uttar Pradesh, India (online), March 11, 2021.
2020 “The Lived Body and the Contact Zone at the Teyyam Ritual in Kerala, South India: Sound, Embodiment, and Experience”, Sounds, Bodied and Power: Politics and Poetics of Religious Sound, Asia Research Institute, National University of Singapore: Singapore, February 28, 2020.
2019 “Tamilnness or Global Indianness?: Evolution of Bharatanatyam and Sri Lankan Tamil Diaspora in Singapore”, UVPA International Research Symposium - 2019 in Collaboration with ICTM Research Group - Harvard University, the Sri Lanka Foundation Institute: Colombo, Sri Lanka, December 12, 2019.
2019 “Decline in Interest or Emerging New Platform Evolving?: the Transformation of Bharatanatyam among the Indian Diaspora Communities in Singapore”, The 3rd Asian Consortium of South Asian Studies Conference, South Asia in Context: Genealogies and Trajectories, National University of Singapore: Singapore, November 22, 2019.
2019 “The Arts Power on!: the Development of Indian Performing Arts and the Germ of Cultural Policy in the early 1960s in Singapore”, The 48th Annual Conference on South Asia, Session 5 "Post-Development in Contemporary South Asia: Politics of Mediation and Association", the Center for South Asia at University of Wisconsin: Madison, USA, October 19, 2019.
2019 “Identification of Traditional Values in the Performance of the Ramayana amongst the Indian Diaspora in Singapore”, The 45th International Council for Traditional Music (ICTM) World Conference, Session: "Contemporary Development of Ramayana Theatre in Southeast Asia", Chulalongkorn University: Bangkok, Thailand, July 13, 2019.
2018 “The Development and Dilemma of Indian Dance in Japan: Narrowness, Purity, and Buddhism”, Conflict and Convergence: Bharatanatyam Culture in Contemporary Asia 2018, National University of Singapore: Singapore, October 13, 2018.
2018 “Performing Ramayana: Contact Zone, Singapore Indian Dancers and their Reflexivity” , The 5th Symposium of the ICTM Study Group On Performing Arts of Southeast Asia, Sabha Museum: Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia, July 20, 2018.
2017 “Relating to One’s Homeland through Local Deities: Keralite Diasporas and Muthappan Worship in the Gulf”, The 10th International Convention of Asia Scholars (ICAS10) Chiang Mai University: Chiang Mai, Thailand, July 20, 2017.
2015 “From Unintended Settlement to the (Re)construction of Tradition: A Case Study of Malayalee Migrant Dancer and the Development of Indian Performing Arts under the Umbrella of Multiculturalism in Singapore”, World Dance Alliance (Singapore), Asia-Pacific Dance Bridge 2015: Connectivity through Dance, Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts: Singapore, Singapore, October 16, 2015.