From the attic

To Roam and a Mind of one’s own- A 21st century woman’s reading of “A Room of one’s own”

Tweet Virginia Wolf famously said, women need a room of their own and money in order to be able to write. Dr. Swarnamalya revisits this need in the 21st century to ask if women who have a reasonable access to a room and some money, need something else today. What can the middle class woman […]

Aesthetic value in Bharatanatyam and Carnatic practices – Ethical or intimidating?- asking from The ATTIC

Tweet Aesthetic value in Classical Arts- ethical or intimidating ?         The dance and music season is a time to soak in culture. But often one has to ask whose culture or what culture it is. To me as a practitioner, and hence an insider, this season has been about reflection on […]

Disrespecting the Devadasi- Remove the Stigma from the name

Tweet Following Carnatic singer TM Krishna’s recent comments about the Tamil Brahmin community’s social acceptance of MS Subbalaksmi, another debate has opened up on a different trajectory. The debate is not about MS Amma, but of how we perceive, imagine and discuss the past lives and present condition of Devadasis and their families. Some Carnatic […]

Writings on The Attic: Writings as operations of (dis) enfranchisement, investigating manuscripts and choreographer’s notes between 16th-19th centuries. Advantages and problems in reconstructing from the papers

Tweet As this was an article I wrote exclusively for the SDHS (Society of Dance History Scholars) convention and has been published by them, I am herewith providing the link to the PDF of the article. Please click the link below to access the article. I would value your comments. Ganesh_sdhs2 Tweet

The attic was no “ivory tower”- Notions of “Classical” in Bharatanatyam

Tweet Notions of “classical” in Bharatanatyam: a cultural operation of the classes – arguments of the cosmopolitan Margi and indigenous Desi, repertoires of the Nayak period – Dr. Swarnamalya Ganesh e-mail: swarnamalya@gmail.com India’s greatest wealth, development and civilisation have been stirred by its political and cultural processes (Talbot, 2006). In turn, the political agendas have […]

Eastern Attic meets its counterpart

Tweet The last week has been so enriching, to say the least. I will be writing about my work; the research and dance history but also will be peppering my notes with personal anecdotes, because they are simply amusing. The fact that I have chosen to audit the classes of two other Professors gave me […]

ATTIC in dreamland as a Fulbright Fellow

Tweet Trailer -FROM THE ATTIC>Hello from Los Angeles: Pursuing dance academically has been a long term dream, almost an extension of my otherwise questioning mind even as a performer. Researching for over six years on the “Past performing traditions” for a doctoral research allowed me to discover many missing and vital links that give the […]

Reflecting at THE ATTIC

Tweet Almost twenty days past the 19th of March. The day FROM THE ATTIC performance series got premiered. After all the buzz, hectic hours of work, endless phone calls, piles of paperwork and sleeplessness, there is a certain quiteous that has returned to my everyday life. Much has changed forever though after the March mid […]

Venkatamakhi, my musically mentor at THE ATTIC

Tweet The search for a  lost dance form or repertoire means it is a holistic search for its historical context, the narratives, voices etc. Putting each piece of this jig saw will reveal a better picture. Its a very exciting process but one that needs patience and perseverance. Any research work unless with un disputable […]

GYANAM (?!?) A Funny SIVAGYANAM at THE ATTIC

Tweet This is an experience I must share with my friends, readers, aspiring researchers and everyone. During my doctoral work one of the most important places of work for me was the Saraswati Mahal library, tanjavur. I still go there at least once in two months for all my continued work. It is a haven […]