In the times of the Devadasis, there was a general ignominy associated with Bharathanatyam. There was quite a struggle to change that perspective and bring about a sense of sophistication to the divinity of the artform. Here is an article in The Hindu, dated August 25, 2012, by Sriram V. on two foreign artistes who helped the movement, that makes for an interesting read.
Upliftment through dance
The works of two foreign artistes helped fight the stigma against devadasis and paved the way for Bharatanatyam
India’s classical dances have long fascinated the world, and Madras, being in many ways, the cultural capital, has witnessed many interactions between Indian and western artistes. These have given birth to interesting cross-cultural collaborations.
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