The Himalayan Quest

Devapriya Roy

The spiritual picaresque of a seeker

Of Raised Eyebrows

If women dancers faced the ‘devadasi stigma’, men didn’t have it easy either in a field where there was no readymade space for them. The story of VP Dhananjayan’s struggle to break away from Kalakshetra and establish himself as a solo male Bharata Natyam dancer

The Last Great Devadasi

Legendary Bharatanatyam dancer Balasaraswati’s story, as told by her son-in-law, is pleasant enough but it glosses over the debate at the heart of the art form—the abuse inherent in the devadasi system


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