shiva cosmic dance: archery or love

The eternal dance of India was born thousands of years ago, with the story of Shiva and the Creation, but its sryle is still fresh, as though it had been discovered only yesterday…

The beauty of the best Chola dance figures is a touchstone by which the live dancer may be judged. Bala Saraswathi was a celebrated Bharata Natyam dancer from Madras who in her later years was no longer young enough to achieve the perfect line of the stone dancing girls of Bahur, a village noted for its sculptures of almost incredible virtuosity. But there was a spirit in the performances of Saraswathi triumphed over age. Like all really great performers, she is what she performed.

---This dance style would have become extinct but it got revived by the artists and art lovers in the 1940s. There were mainly four persons, who worked hard for the cause and Bala-saraswathi was one of them. She was one of the last of the devadasis and was a legend in her own time. E Krishna Iyer, a supporter for the cause of sadir, renamed this dance style as Bharatanatyam and gave it a new uprightness and persuaded the leading sabhas of Madras to feature the dance. ---click image for source...

—This dance style would have become extinct but it got revived by the artists and art lovers in the 1940s. There were mainly four persons, who worked hard for the cause and Bala-saraswathi was one of them. She was one of the last of the devadasis and was a legend in her own time. E Krishna Iyer, a supporter for the cause of sadir, renamed this dance style as Bharatanatyam and gave it a new uprightness and persuaded the leading sabhas of Madras to feature the dance. —click image for source…

In the expressiveness of her miming, she had no rival. Whether she portrayed the god Krishna drawing a bow or Radha, his milkmaid consort, suffering the pangs of love, she was not Bala Saraswathi: she is Krishna or Radha in person; she was archery or love.( to be continued)…

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