An intimate portrait of one of the great performing artists of the twentieth century This is the first complete biography of T. Balasaraswati (1918–1984), a dancer and musician from southern India who became recognized worldwide as one of ...


Author: Douglas M. Knight

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819569066

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 325

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An intimate portrait of one of the great performing artists of the twentieth century


It was Kandappan who brought out the Poorvi Kalyani Sankeerna Nadai Jatiswaram of Ponnia Pillai that is now a favourite item of Balasaraswati ' s repertoire ...


Author: Vatakke Kurupath Narayana Menon


ISBN: UOM:39015023750386

Category: Balasaraswati

Page: 23

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At Home in the World

Instruction in Balasaraswati's style is rare and located almost as much in North American universities as in the private arts venues and schools of Chennai ...


Author: Janet O'Shea

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819568376

Category: History

Page: 222

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The compelling story of a beautiful and versatile South Indian dance form

Taken by Surprise

Balasaraswati , critics tell us , was not only a consummate actress ; she was also able to imagine infinite variations of a single poetic text phrase ...


Author: Ann Cooper Albright

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 0819566489

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 279

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First comprehensive overview of improvisation in dance. This collection of classic and new writings on dance improvisation brings together 21 essays by prominent dancers, scholars and historians. Until now, discussion of improvisation in dance has focused mainly on the postmodern form known as contact improv. Taken by Surprise reflects the development of improvisation as a compositional and performance mode in a wide variety of dance contexts, including dance traditions from around the globe, such as Yoruban masked dance, Indian Bharatanatyam and flamenco. The book also includes a thoughtful look at computer-aided choreography, a discussion of recent innovations in tap dancing and a section on improvisation in everyday life. Combining primary sources with critical analysis, Taken by Surprise will serve as an indispensible companion to studio work in improvisation, and a much-needed supplement to twentieth century dance histories. CONTRIBUTORS: Ann Cooper Albright, Sally Banes, Bruce Curtis, Kent Despain, Margaret Thompson Drewal, Simone Forti, Susan Leigh Foster, David Gere, Raymond W. Gibbs, JR, Michelle Heffner Hayes, Carmela Hermann, Constance Valis Hill, Rachel Kaplan, Maura Keefe, Victoria Marks, Avanthi Meduri, Steve Paxton, Janice Ross, Karen Schaffman, Nancy Stark Smith, Ellen Webb, Ruth Zaporah.

Women s Lives Women s Rituals in the Hindu Tradition

It was only in the twentieth century that the pioneering efforts of Balasaraswati and Rukmini Devi Arundale resulted in making Bharata Natyam accessible to ...


Author: Tracy Pintchman

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195177060

Category: Religion

Page: 208

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In this text, 11 leading scholars of Hinduism explore the complex relationship between Hindu women's ritual activities and their lives beyond ritual.

Rukmini Devi Arundale 1904 1986

In my doctoral thesis ( 1996 ) , I have described how Balasaraswati created a new aesthetic by seizing the name of Bharatanatyam and articulated an ...


Author: Avanthi Meduri

Publisher: Motilal Banarsidass Publishe

ISBN: 8120827406

Category: Bharata natyam

Page: 258

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The essay in this book endeavour to capture the multifaceted cultural and aesthetic legacy of Rukmini Devi preserved both in India and international scholars, including dance cirtics, dance administrators, dancers, dance teachers, bueraucrats, and alumni of the world-renowned lalakshetra arts institution that Rukmini Devi founded in 1936. The essaysalso discuss Rukmini Devi`s aesthetic vision in relation to history,to tradition, her creation of ensemble dance-drama productions, and contemporary dance in the United Kingdom.

World Dance Cultures

Tanjore Balasaraswati descended from a family of Thanjavur court devadasis and musicians, and trained in traditional Carnatic music with her celebrated ...


Author: Patricia Leigh Beaman

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317441069

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 290

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From healing, fertility and religious rituals, through theatrical entertainment, to death ceremonies and ancestor worship, World Dance Cultures introduces an extraordinary variety of dance forms practiced around the world. This highly illustrated textbook draws on wide-ranging historical documentation and first-hand accounts, taking in India, Bali, Java, Cambodia, China, Japan, Hawai’i, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Africa, Turkey, Spain, Native America, South America, and the Caribbean. Each chapter covers a certain region’s distinctive dances, pinpoints key issues and trends from the form’s development to its modern iteration, and offers a wealth of study features including: Case Studies – zooming in on key details of a dance form’s cultural, historical, and religious contexts ‘Explorations’ – first-hand descriptions of dances, from scholars, anthropologists and practitioners ‘Think About’ – provocations to encourage critical analysis of dance forms and the ways in which they’re understood Discussion Questions – starting points for group work, classroom seminars or individual study Further Study Tips – listing essential books, essays and video material. Offering a comprehensive overview of each dance form covered with over 100 full color photos, World Dance Cultures is an essential introductory resource for students and instructors alike.

Yoga Journal

Balasaraswati expressing supplication in a Bharata Natyam Dance recital. Bonnie Borg, Kay Poursine, and Kris Buckner as Sita, Rama,.






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For more than 30 years, Yoga Journal has been helping readers achieve the balance and well-being they seek in their everyday lives. With every issue,Yoga Journal strives to inform and empower readers to make lifestyle choices that are healthy for their bodies and minds. We are dedicated to providing in-depth, thoughtful editorial on topics such as yoga, food, nutrition, fitness, wellness, travel, and fashion and beauty.


This was how Balasaraswati's own ancestresses danced at the court of Tanjore. For the famed dancer has a fascinating background.




ISBN: UCAL:B2922951



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Tamil Brahmans

Tanjore Balasaraswati (1918–84), for instance, was a leading dancer who did not repudiate her devada ̄si origins. She gave her first performance at the ...


Author: C. J. Fuller

Publisher: University of Chicago Press

ISBN: 9780226152882

Category: Social Science

Page: 288

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A cruise along the streets of Chennai—or Silicon Valley—filled with professional young Indian men and women, reveals the new face of India. In the twenty-first century, Indians have acquired a new kind of global visibility, one of rapid economic advancement and, in the information technology industry, spectacular prowess. In this book, C. J. Fuller and Haripriya Narasimhan examine one particularly striking group who have taken part in this development: Tamil Brahmans—a formerly traditional, rural, high-caste elite who have transformed themselves into a new middle-class caste in India, the United States, and elsewhere. Fuller and Narasimhan offer one of the most comprehensive looks at Tamil Brahmans around the world to date. They examine Brahman migration from rural to urban areas, more recent transnational migration, and how the Brahman way of life has translated to both Indian cities and American suburbs. They look at modern education and the new employment opportunities afforded by engineering and IT. They examine how Sanskritic Hinduism and traditional music and dance have shaped Tamil Brahmans’ particular middle-class sensibilities and how middle-class status is related to the changing position of women. Above all, they explore the complex relationship between class and caste systems and the ways in which hierarchy has persisted in modernized India.

Quarterly Journal

Bala Balasaraswati , the great Bharata Natyam dancer , died in Madras on February 9 , 1984. She was born on May 13 , 1918 in a family whose contribution to ...


Author: National Centre for the Performing Arts (India)


ISBN: UCBK:C041006456

Category: Performing arts


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The Great Encounter

18 Among Ted Shawn's many contributions was his introduction of the noted Bharata Natyam dancer Balasaraswati to Americans at the Jacob's Pillow Dance ...


Author: Raj Kumar Gupta

Publisher: Abhinav Publications

ISBN: 817017211X

Category: India

Page: 276

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Dancing from Past to Present

Because Balasaraswati was always cast in the responsive role in this binary, it was difficult to theorize her position. My continued investment in ...


Author: Theresa Jill Buckland

Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press

ISBN: 0299218538

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 260

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This groundbreaking collection combines ethnographic and historic strategies to reveal how dance plays crucial cultural roles in various regions of the world, including Tonga, Java, Bosnia-Herzegovina, New Mexico, India, Korea, Macedonia, and England. The essays find a balance between past and present and examine how dance and bodily practices are core identity and cultural creators. Reaching beyond the typically Eurocentric view of dance, Dancing from Past to Present opens a world of debate over the role dance plays in forming and expressing cultural identities around the world.

Moving History Dancing Cultures

In contrast to this, Balasaraswati, a direct descendant of the devadasi community, felt that love was preeminent in the dance tradition because it ...


Author: Ann Dils

Publisher: Wesleyan University Press

ISBN: 9780819574251

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 544

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This new collection of essays surveys the history of dance in an innovative and wide-ranging fashion. Editors Dils and Albright address the current dearth of comprehensive teaching material in the dance history field through the creation of a multifaceted, non-linear, yet well-structured and comprehensive survey of select moments in the development of both American and World dance. This book is illustrated with over 50 photographs, and would make an ideal text for undergraduate classes in dance ethnography, criticism or appreciation, as well as dance history—particularly those with a cross-cultural, contemporary, or an American focus. The reader is organized into four thematic sections which allow for varied and individualized course use: Thinking about Dance History: Theories and Practices, World Dance Traditions, America Dancing, and Contemporary Dance: Global Contexts. The editors have structured the readings with the understanding that contemporary theory has thoroughly questioned the discursive construction of history and the resultant canonization of certain dances, texts and points of view. The historical readings are presented in a way that encourages thoughtful analysis and allows the opportunity for critical engagement with the text. Ebook Edition Note: Ebook edition note: Five essays have been redacted, including “The Belly Dance: Ancient Ritual to Cabaret Performance,” by Shawna Helland; “Epitome of Korean Folk Dance”, by Lee Kyong-Hee; “Juba and American Minstrelsy,” by Marian Hannah Winter; “The Natural Body,” by Ann Daly; and “Butoh: ‘Twenty Years Ago We Were Crazy, Dirty, and Mad’,”by Bonnie Sue Stein. Eleven of the 41 illustrations in the book have also been redacted.

UCLA Journal of Dance Ethnology

In America , these students are now the pathways to Balasaraswati's bharata natyam . 1 Guhan 1991 is a compilation of Balasaraswati's words about bharata ...




ISBN: UIUC:30112043807343

Category: Dance


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The Illustrated Weekly of India

On the podium appears Balasaraswati . She is heavy and is dressed in a simple sari . She is wearing no make - up . In the morning session she is to ...




ISBN: SRLF:E0001040195



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International Encyclopedia of Dance


Author: Selma Jeanne Cohen

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: UOM:39015040162755

Category: Ballet

Page: 545

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Contains alphabetically arranged entries that provide information about various aspects of dance around the world, covering ritual, social and theatrical dance forms, and including articles about history, techniques, music, costume, dance films and writing, and major dance personalities.