Bharatanatyam is one of the most ancient Indian classical dances, originating over 2,000 years ago. Bharatanatyam used to be a temple dance performed by devadasis (literally, servants of god), or temple dancers.

Viktoryia Kolchyna & Daniella Koliada
Viktoryia Kolchyna & Daniella Koliada

This interview with Usha Raghavan is about the history of the dance, where temples and devadasis, British theosophists and ballet are closely intertwined. She also tells about contemporary Bharatanatyam artists.

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