Her Story of Dance

The Kalavantulu community women were the guardians of an art that has since been appropriated into what is today seen as mainstream classical dance in South India.

In this podcast series, Yashoda Thakore, a dancer and a member of the Kalavantulu community, will be taking us on a voyage of discovery, of the roots of her art.
Together, the podcast will shine light on the stories of the long line of women who held the tradition, nurtured it, and embellished it with their devotion. There will be twists and turns in this journey. We will encounter issues of caste, regionality, language hegemony, and the attempts to appropriate and even alienate the art from the artistes who originally practiced it.

This podcast series is a collaborative effort of Goethe Zentrum Hyderabad, Bol Hyderabad and Suno India.

Episode 5: Nationalist period

Episode 5: Nationalist period

As “Her story of dance’ moves to the 19th century, Yashoda discusses how devadasis and their aesthetic representations were central…

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Episode 4: Imperial influences

Episode 4: Imperial influences

In this episode, Host Yashoda looks back at the how Imperial influences of the Islamic dynasties and colonisers found their…

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Episode 3: Devadasi repertoire and Aesthetic Representation

Episode 3: Devadasi repertoire and Aesthetic Representation

In this episode, Yashoda takes us through some of Devadasi repertoire, its aesthetic representation and how that differs from that…

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Episode 2: Patronage and Caste

Episode 2: Patronage and Caste

In this episode, Host Yashoda Thakore takes us through the Devadasi history in the Telugu speaking areas. Reflecting on the…

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Episode 1: The beginning

Episode 1: The beginning

The first episode is the story of discovery, of reaching out, and the story of learning. Dancer, research, and a…

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Trailer: Her Story of Dance

Trailer: Her Story of Dance

The Kalavantulu community women were the guardians of an art that has since been appropriated into what is today seen…

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