BALASARASWATI HER ART AND LIFE PDF

July 26, Preface It has been my honour to watch the iconic Balasaraswati in the post prime years of her life on stage. I was among the many hundreds at the morning Music Academy lecture demonstration in the early seventies of the last century!!! Having been denied access or learning from any traditional teacher by my strict yet ambitious Brahmin grandparents, it was a revelation as to how an ordinary woman could command such presence and pin drop silence on stage for so long. Yet, I was transfixed and later overwhelmed and speechless when she, along with her daughter Lakshmi and son-in-law Douglas Knight dropped in one evening for dinner along with our common guru and guide, late Padma Bhushan Madurai N Krishnan. It was a charming evening, Bala holding a glass of whiskey and regaling us with her humorous takes on many artistes, Lakshmi chatting animatedly and Douglas looking relaxed but reserved.

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July 26, Preface It has been my honour to watch the iconic Balasaraswati in the post prime years of her life on stage. I was among the many hundreds at the morning Music Academy lecture demonstration in the early seventies of the last century!!! Having been denied access or learning from any traditional teacher by my strict yet ambitious Brahmin grandparents, it was a revelation as to how an ordinary woman could command such presence and pin drop silence on stage for so long.

Yet, I was transfixed and later overwhelmed and speechless when she, along with her daughter Lakshmi and son-in-law Douglas Knight dropped in one evening for dinner along with our common guru and guide, late Padma Bhushan Madurai N Krishnan. It was a charming evening, Bala holding a glass of whiskey and regaling us with her humorous takes on many artistes, Lakshmi chatting animatedly and Douglas looking relaxed but reserved.

It was a natural moment that I would forever cherish and thank my forward thinking mother who strove to open my eyes to all kinds of art and artistry without borders.

Today, many classical musicians and dancers adopt fake religiosity, hide their liking for alcohol and make politically correct statements about their art and life.

Bala was a true original. She was brilliant. She held the sole torch for her entire community of marginalised artistes and was the only international representative of an almost lost art form.

Her stature and talent made her stand strong and resilient against the post independence flood of sanitised Bharatanatyam. Today, history records Bala and Rukmini Devi Arundale Kalakshetra's founder as two seminal examples of the renaissance of Bharatanatyam. We also invite others who have read this wonderful book to send in their comments. Anita R Ratnam.

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Balasaraswati : her art & life / Douglas M. Knight, Jr.

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.

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Balasaraswati: Her Art & Life

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