tanjore quartette

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 […]

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 […]

Behind the Attic!

Tweet Dear all, Before I continue any further my story I have to speak about something very important. Some of my friends who have been around me long enough might have heard these things a million times from me but saying it all one more time, for the benefit of the new listeners wouldn’t hurt. […]

Swarnamalya ganesh-With one foot on the ladder to the Attic!

Tweet Dear all, I am overwhelmed by the response I am getting for my first blog. Thank you. With your approval, I continue. I stood below the Great attic wondering. I knew I had a wealth of information on the chola times from the great research works of Sri.Nilakantha Sastri, Sri.Nagasamy and many other historians. […]