The aim of this study is to empirically investigate the impact that the period of learning of Indian Classical art form Bharatanatyam creates on the Spiritual intelligence of the students. Primary quantitative data has been collected using closed-end survey from 180 students pursuing Bharatanatyam from higher education institutions in India. The variable Spiritual Intelligence has been measured through 24 item SISRI scale. The moderating effect of the gender of the student has also been examined in this research. The statistical analysis of the primary data collected reveals that higher the years of learning of Bharatanatyam by an individual, higher is the level of Spiritual intelligence of the individual. It has also been revealed that out of the four constructs tested in this research to measure the variable Spiritual intelligence the construct critical existential thinking has greater significance when compared with that of the other three constructs namely transcendental awareness, conscious state expansion and personal meaning production. The study also reveals that gender does not moderate the relationship between Spiritual Intelligence and the number of years a person has been practicing and performing Bharatanatyam.
Kanaka S, Vels University, India
Sujatha Mohan, Dr. MGR Janaki College of Arts and Science for Women, India
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