Tuesday 26 February 2019

A month of many greats - Dance Matters: Column by Ashish Mohan Khokar

February is now about the great Balasaraswati, who passed away on 9th February. Her acolyte Dr. Nandini Ramani celebrated her centenary in a grand 2 day function held in Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Chennai, and a monograph compiled and written by Nandini Ramani, published by SNA was released on the occasion. Bala's story is stuff myths and history is made of and in India now her principal follower-disciple Nandini Ramani, with sister Priyamvada - both talented daughters of giant scholar Dr. V. Raghavan - continue to worship and propagate her art. Aniruddha Knight, Bala's grandson, was only 5 when Bala died and has lived and grown and worked mostly in USA. 

Bala was celebrated in a big way when Chennai dancers came together (a riot of talents and colours) to dance for her or speak on her. Nandini Ramani and family left no stone unturned to propitiate Bala's memory and art. 

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  1. Nice and this article surely add value to my knowledge.
    Wonderful to see indian dance heritage

  2. While the article is so informative. I loved the lines about dance academics. It's really time we all remain open and accept and embrace other dancers, dance styles, banis etc. Thanks for bringing up the point sir.
    Dr Vasanth