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​The Hereditary Artists of Naatyam

A new social media project tells the stories of hereditary dancers through their own eyes.

There are two commonly accepted theories about the origins of Bharatanatyam: that it came from theNatya Shastra written by sage Bharatha, or that it has been revived from the hereditary dasi attam or sadir of the devadasis and the nattuvanars (conductors of the performance) by the revivalists from upper castes.

As one of the few practitioners of dance from a hereditary family from around Thanjavur, I have started a social media project called “Humans of Naatyam—Untold stories of Hereditary Artists.” I hope that this project, which is currently a Facebook page, will throw light on how these hereditary artists lived for the arts and were instrumental in keeping the art form alive. Through this project, I also want to throw light on how the concept of revival itself is questionable, as the art was taught by these living “Humans of Naatyam” to the so-called revivalists.

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Updated On : 20th Aug, 2018
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