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.