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Balasaraswati : Her Art and Life. Douglas M. This is the first complete biography of T. Balasaraswati — , a dancer and musician from southern India who became recognized worldwide as one of the great performing artists of the twentieth century. In India she was a legend in her own time, acclaimed before she was thirty years old as the great dancer of traditional bharata natyam.

Balasaraswati was a passionate revolutionary, an entirely modern artist whose impact was proclaimed by some of the most prominent figures in contemporary dance in India and the West. Her art and life defined the heart of a tradition. Her life story offers an extraordinary view of the enigmatic matrilineal devadasi community and traditional artistic practice from which modern South Indian dance styles have emerged.

It includes the commentary of family members and dozens of contemporaries from throughout her fifty-year career, revealing hereditary artistic values and conventions that have virtually disappeared in modern India. Hardcover is un-jacketed. Madras and Environs. Madman at the Gate Mowbrays Road Madras ca Vina Dhanammal ca Ammanakshi Amman Temple Kanchipuram. Renaissance Studio portrait ofBalasaraswati Balasaraswati with Vedantam Lakshminarayana Sastri Madras ca Balasaraswati and daughter Lakshmi Shanmukham On the Back of a Peacock Something Great and Grand Select Biographies.

Reconstruction Balasaraswati in Egmore ca Balasaraswati in concert at Rajaji Hall early s. Dancing for Murugan He has appeared in performance with Balasaraswati, her brothers Ranganathan and Viswanathan, her daughter Lakshmi Knight, and her grandson Aniruddha Knight. He has been a Fulbright Scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of other honors and awards.

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Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life

Douglas M. Knight Jr. Middletown: Wesleyan University Press, ISBN In I stumbled into a bharata natyam class taught by Balasaraswati —, also known as Bala with assistance from her daughter Lakshmi — at the Berkeley Center for World Music. I pounded my feet against the stone floor each morning and did bols drum syllables in the afternoon—and [End Page ] I lasted only a week. I quickly realized that I was trying to absorb a system of movement-music as detailed as any on the planet with no background to prepare me.

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