This book is an ode to the mythological heritage of Bharatnatyam. The visual narrative captures the rich heritage of this temple dance and its original Exponents, the devadasi or ‘handmaidens of the deity’. Its repertoire of movements and moods bring alive the fascinating stories of Hindu gods and goddesses and their kaleidoscopic lives. In the following pages, the authors have traced the myths and legends that are cherished in our performing arts, to delight the culture curious reader. And what is interesting is that in these stories, the reader will discover the inter-connectedness of ancient mythologies around the world - sparring Greece, Rome, Mesopotamia, Egypt. Perhaps such discoveries go a long way in validating the role that art plays in connecting civilizations.
The book is designed to engage the reader without pedagogy or Scholastic strictures, but with a lightness of touch, that entertains while it informs. Because the vision here is to weave information, anecdotes and trivia, together in the spirit of a popular cultural ranconteur.
Replete with rare photographs curated from the Sohinimoksha World Dance and Communications archives, complemented by a lucid narrative that wraps facts in the language of romance and adventure, this book promises to be a collector item for those who value the legacy of India’s most celebrated dance form.