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Nityasumangali: Devadasi Tradition in South India

Nityasumangali: Devadasi Tradition in South India

Saskia C. Kersenboom

  • ISBN: 9788120803305, 8120803302
  • Year of Publication: 2011
  • Binding: Hardcover
  • Edition: 3rd reprint
  • No. of Pages: 247
  • Language: English
Rs. 695.00

The phenomenon of the devadasi has suffered greatly from faulty, culture-bound evaluations. The present monograph does not aim at judging these earlier evaluations, nor does it claim to give a 'truly objective' description of what the devadasi tradition was; it rather tries to follow the inherent mode of thought, namely, what the devadasi tradition meant within the frame of Hinduism, and its transformation into a living cultural phenomenon functioning significantly in the context of the Hindu t Review(s) Kersenboom-Story has herself been schooled in Bharata-Natyam, the form of dance associated with devadasis in the temples of the Tamil country, and thus has an insider's perspective on some central devadasi performance traditions. - Religious Studies Revie About the Author(s) Saskia C. Kersenboom, studied Indology at the Univ. of Utrecht (Holland). She obtained her Ph.D in Dravidology under the guidance of Prof. Dr. K.V. Zvelebil. She is trained in Classical Bharata Natyam by Smt. Nandini Ramani (Smt. T. Balasarasvati School, Madras) and studied Karnatic vocal music with Sri B. Krishnamoorthy. From Smt. P. Ranganayaki Cunnan she inherited the repertoire of songs and dances as practised by the devadasis of the Sri Subrahmanya Temple at Tiruttani.

She is Prof. of Linguistic Anthropology and is a guest-teacher at several conservatories and Ballet Academies in Holland.

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