Master of Arts - A life in Dance

Mar 01, 2016 | Vol 8, Issue 1
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V P Dhananjayan is one of the first men to make a successful career as a Bharatanatyam dancer. In the late sixties, when he made his choice, Bharatanatyam- the classical dance form that Rukmini Devi helped evolve from the dance of the devadasis- was almost exclusively the domain of women. It is only recently, in the relatively short span of the past seventy years and to a great extent because of the creative efforts of versatile and innovative dancers like Dhananjayan that greater numbers of men have performed Bharatanatyam, as men without needing to dress as women to appear on stage.

As Dhananjayan's student for nearly forty years now, and a trained dancer herself, the author Tulsi Badrinath chronicles the story of his brilliant life in  dance with the insight of one who understands each nuance of it. Weaving her own life-long passion for Bharatanatyam with his remarkable story, she brings to light the difficulties faced by a male dancer in establishing himself in what was thought to be a somewhat unrespectable profession, and tells the compelling story of his life with empathy and understanding. Interspersing this remarkable tale of Guru and Shishya with the stories of other young male dancers in the realm of Bharatanatyam. She pays tribute to their extraordinary commitment, their talent and their courage. 

Author: Tulsi Badrinath

First edition 2013,  2015; Pages: 286

Publishers: Hachette Book Publishing India Pvt. Ltd, 612/ 614(6th Floor), Time Tower, M G Road, Sector 28, Gurgaon 122001, India

www.hachetteindia.com

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