Balasaraswati: Her Art And Life

We have a book today which is the first complete biography of T.Balasaraswati (1918-1984), a dancer and musician from Southern India who was recognized worldwide as one of the great performing artists of the twentieth century. She also received Padma Bhushan in 1957. Written by Douglas M Knight Jr.Balasaraswati: Her Art And Life is up for review at your Adda. This book is loaded with excerpts and achievements of her life, along with pictures of her era. Read more about this book and apply if interested.

10 copies available for review. Excerpt:

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 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 preeminent dancer of traditional bharatanatyam. 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. Her art and life defined the heart of a tradition. Her story offers an extraordinary view of the matrilineal devadasi community and traditional artistic practice from which modern South Indian dance styles have emerged.

This deeply engaging biography draws together Balasaraswati`s personal account of her life and her reflections on the process of making dance and music. It includes the commentary of family members and dozens of contemporaries from throughout her fifty-year career, revealing hereditary artistic values and conventions that have virtually disappeared in modern India. The book is generously illustrated with rare historical photos and a duotone gallery of distinguished photographers images of Balasaraswati s dancing.

Know the Author: Douglas M Knight Jr. is a musician and independent scholar whose personal and artistic relationship with India and Balasaraswati`s family began in the late 1960s.He has appeared in performance with Balasaraswati, her brothers Ranganthan and Viswanathan, her daughter, Lakshmi Knight, and her grandson, Anirud- dha Knight. Douglas Knight has been a Fulbright scholar and a Guggenheim Fellow, as well as the recipient of other awards.


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One Reply to “Balasaraswati: Her Art And Life”

  1. prof premraj pushpakaran writes — 2018 marks the 100th birth year of Tanjore Balasaraswati!

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