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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 […]

Covenant with the Attic

Tweet He was the most illustrious of his dynasty. The moment we hear his name our minds will wander to the temple city of the South- Madurai  He ruled from Madurai between 1623-59. This mighty king was not just a great ruler but also a very keen connoisseur of the various arts. It was in […]

From the Attic- Warned but not badgered by the cracks in the ladder!

Tweet Fifteen minutes after I was born, my father knocked on the doors of Pandit Sethuraman, renowned numerologist and astrologer. He recorded my birth chart and wrote at the bottom of the page that I will attain fame and name and it will be very hard to protect me” and then named me Swarnamalya (as […]

Dikku teriyada Attic !

Tweet Dear all,I realize this blog is also quite not as immediate to my previous on as I would have desired. But a lot of travelling had me on my toes, literally. But here I am, to continue the journey.Im sure you all remember my eulogy to a great mentor in Dr. T.N.Ramachandran sir of […]

It was laundry day at the Attic !

Tweet Hi everyone, I know I have been silent for too long. I was first silenced by the loss of my dear Guru. I then took upon myself to throw that melancholia into finishing much of my research work that was pending. That done, now I am finally back to filling these pages. I have […]

Soul searching at the Attic !

Tweet Dear all, Well in the middle of the season we are. I have had a good month, except that I have had to make a few very important re schedules. But I believe that everything happens for a reason. This time I choose to talk about a very important tradition that had changed my […]

Some hues on the Attic

Tweet The Tanjore quartette in the Big temple Painting The Tanjore big temple was a seat of learning, particularly music and dance. From the time of Rajaraja II this temple premises was brimming with artictic learning and activities. The times of the Nayak rulers consolidated this and the last ruling dyansty of Tanjore, namely the […]