Fonds F0606 - Sukanya Rahman fonds

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Sukanya Rahman fonds


  • [196-?] - 1993 (Creation)

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Extent and medium

1 1/4" audio reel : ca. 13 min.
4 videocassettes (ca. 4 hrs) ; VHS.

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Biographical history

Sukanya Rahman (b. 1946) is an Indian classical dancer, and the daughter of Indrani Rahman (1930-1999), a renowned dancer who toured internationally. Also the granddaughter of Raagini Devi, the American dancer who went to India and danced during the 1930s and was instrumental in the revival of the Indian classical dance arts. Sukanya wrote a memoir of her family "Dancing in the Family: an unconventional memoir of three women", published in 2004. Rahman is a performer and teacher of Odissi dance, a form of Indian classical dance originating from the eastern state of Orissa in India.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Donated by Paromita Kar in 2010 and 2011.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of musical recordings on one 1/4" audio reel, performed by Deva Prasad Das on vocals and mardal with Shankaran on flute. These performances were intended to accompany the Deba Prasad Das style of Odissi dance. Consists of three separate performances: "Nindata Chandana" Abhinaya, Ashtapadi (an expression-based dance); "Natangi" and a Boomija folk dance from Orissa. These recordings were made to accompany performances by Sukanya Rahman.

Also includes four VHS recordings of performances by Rahman in various venues in the 1990s.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling


The fonds comprises the following accessions: 2010-069. Further accruals may be expected.

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There are no restrictions on access.

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  • Hindi

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Existence and location of copies

Some records have been digitized with permission from Rahman and are available through YorkSpace at: .

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Dates of creation revision deletion

2011/09/22 Anna St.Onge:. (Creation)
2011/09/22 Awaiting review by the Data Collection Archivist
2011/12/19 Anna St.Onge. Adjusted box listing to reflect additional materials, materials that have been digitized. Revised extent. Revised biographical sketch
2012/01/26 Anna St.Onge. Added ISO language code for Hindi.
2014/07/22 Migrated to AtoM.
2015/01/05 Anna St.Onge. Corrected small grammar mistakes, published.
200/03/26 KCP, N. Somerset. Added subject access points.




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