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Appadurai, Arjun. Worship and Conflict under Colonial Rule: A South Indian Case. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981.

Bayley, Susan. Saints, Goddesses, and Kings: Muslims and Christians in South Indian Society, 1700–1900. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1989.

Davis, Richard H. Lives of Indian Images. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Dehejia, Vidya. Indian Art. London: Phaidon Press Limited, 1997.

Dehejia, Vidya. The Sensuous and the Sacred: Chola Bronzes from South India. With essays by Richard H. Davis, R. Nagaswamy, and Karen Pechilis Prentiss. New York: American Federation of the Arts, 2002.

Eck, Diana L. Darsan: Seeing the Divine Image in India. Chambersburg, PA: Anima Books, 1981.

Hanna, Judith Lynne. Dance, Sex, and Gender: Signs of Identity, Dominance, Defiance, and Desire. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1988.

Kaimal, Padma. “Shiva Nataraja: Shifting Meanings of an Icon,” The Art Bulletin 81, no. 3 (September 1999): 390–419.

Lopez y Royo, Alessandra. ReConstructing and RePresenting Dance: Exploring the Dance/Archaeology Conjunction. Stanford: Stanford Humanities Lab/Metamedia, 2006. humanitieslab.stanford.edu/ArchaeologyDanceConjunction/693 (accessed January 13, 2010).

Lopez, Donald S., ed. Religions of India in Practice. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1995.

Nanda, Vivek George Michell, ed. Chidambaram: Home of Nataraja. With George Michell. Mumbai: Marg Publications, 2004.

Patel, Sanjay. The Little Book of Hindu Deities. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

Vasudevan, Preeti, and Bruno Kavanaugh, Bharatanatyam: Dancing for the Gods, dancingforthegods.org.

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