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From temples to royal courts, and the proscenium stage: A social history of Indian performance spaces
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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.

How the Indian classical dance industry created a troubling culture of dependency on marriage
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How the Indian classical dance industry created a troubling culture of dependency on marriage

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.

On Indian media's role in depoliticising discourse around classical dance, and the need for change
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On Indian media's role in depoliticising discourse around classical dance, and the need for change

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, cellist Yo-Yo Ma present impromptu performance after discussion on art in Mumbai
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TM Krishna, cellist Yo-Yo Ma present impromptu performance after discussion on art in Mumbai

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
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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
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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
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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

Behind the storm over Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu's comments over poet-saint Andal
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Behind the storm over Tamil lyricist Vairamuthu's comments over poet-saint Andal

Incidents like the row over Vairamuthu's Andal comments only perpetuate a variety of misogyny | #FirstCulture

TM Krishna-MS Subbulakshmi row: What a thinkpiece on dance, devadasi system gets wrong
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TM Krishna-MS Subbulakshmi row: What a thinkpiece on dance, devadasi system gets wrong

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 TM Krishna-MS Subbulakshmi row, these are the questions that really deserve attention
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Amid TM Krishna-MS Subbulakshmi row, these are the questions that really deserve attention

Amid the dialogue over TM Krishna's comments regarding MS Subbulakshmi, the devadasi culture came under the spotlight once again, after several decades.

President signs off on laws governing crimes against SC and STs, Atomic Energy
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President signs off on laws governing crimes against SC and STs, Atomic Energy

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 passes bill to protect SC, STs from crimes
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Parliament passes bill to protect SC, STs from crimes

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'.