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Srividya Natarajan on researching the traditions of the Isai Vellalar community, and the appropriation of their art
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Srividya Natarajan on researching the traditions of the Isai Vellalar community, and the appropriation of their art

The author weaves a fictional telling of the Devdasi in her work, embroidering the tale by attaching a tiny fabric of herself to the characters rather than expressing her discoveries “in the form of a dry scholarly publication”

Last devdasi of Puri's Jagannath temple dies aged 92
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Last devdasi of Puri's Jagannath temple dies aged 92

The last living Mahari — human consort — of the Jagannath Temple in Puri, Sashimani Devi, passed away on Thursday bringing an end to the 800-year-old tradition.