Pallabi Chakravorty is a dancer, choreographer, and anthropologist who has studied the classical Indian dance styles of bharatnatyam and kathak for decades. The founder and artistic director of Courtyard Dancers, her works have been presented in the US, Europe, and India. During her time as associate professor and director of the dance program at Swarthmore College, Chakravorty published three dance anthropology books: Bells of Change: Kathak Dance, Women and Modernity in India; Performing Ecstasy; and Dance Matters. In 2007, Chakravorty received Center support to present Replaced Rituals, a dance work inspired by the Sufi and Bhakti rituals from Islam and Hinduism.
Indian dancer and choreographer Pallabi Chakravorty presented Replaced Rituals, a new evening-length dance work created in collaboration with dancer Daniel Phoenix Singh. Inspired by the Sufi and Bhakti rituals from Islam and Hinduism, the work addressed the complex issues surrounding immigrant displacement and cultural adjustment. Replaced Rituals drew from the traditional Indian dance vocabularies of kathak and bharatnatyam to fuse Eastern and Western movement languages.