From temples to royal courts, and the proscenium stage: A social history of Indian performance spaces
A proscenium stage born in the West posits a distance between audience and performer to offer a visual experience. Yet, why is it that classical dance, which vehemently claims its origins in a text on Indian aesthetics, most widely performed on a proscenium stage? The history of performance spaces in India is a deeply sociological one.
The unique relationship of the classical dance industry with marriage was born in mid-20th century India, when the Devadasi system was abolished and dance was appropriated into the upper caste.
Media, especially print media has played a historically significant role in shaping the public discourse on classical dance in pre-independent as well as post-independent India.
TM Krishna broke into an impromptu performance with Yo-Yo Ma, where he picked up a line from the latter's cello performance and linked it with a Carnatic-music composition.
To be a devadasi in 1947: Read Srividya Natarajan's introduction to the world of a novice temple dancer
Srividya Natarajan, the author of The Undoing Dance, writes about what a day in a young devadasi's life would be like — on the cusp of Independence
First Hand 2: Second volume of non-fiction graphic novel tells stories of exclusion, struggle in India
The themes explored in First Hand 2 are healthcare, living as a single woman in India, communal violence in Muzaffarnagar and the lives of Devadasis, among others
On Parvathy, being a 'Feminichi', and women's ability to own and transform the insults hurled at them
Actress Parvathy has reclaimed the misogynistic insult 'Feminichi' and turned it on its head to proudly declare that she is a feminist | #FirstCulture
Incidents like the row over Vairamuthu's Andal comments only perpetuate a variety of misogyny | #FirstCulture
Dance had little to do with why the devadasi system was abhorrent to those who wanted to abolish it; it was for its god-awful abuse of girls
Amid the dialogue over TM Krishna's comments regarding MS Subbulakshmi, the devadasi culture came under the spotlight once again, after several decades.
A law enabling setting up of commercial benches in select high courts and another on arbitration for speedy settlement of high value business disputes are among five legislations which have got nod from President Pranab Mukherjee.
Parliament on Monday passed a crucial bill that provides for stringent action against those involved in crimes against scheduled castes and tribes, wrongfully occupying their land or dedicating such women as a 'devadasi'.