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This book was a treasure cove of information. Of the Devadasi system, the carnatic music scene during the turn of the century,the history of the Thyagaraja aaradhana festival, the backlash against the Devadasi system and eventually the gradual decline of the tradition and tying all this together to the life of a legend, Nagarathnamma. A gripping read with fascinating facts and tidbits.
Feb 23, 2015 Soham Chakraborty rated it really liked it
Devdasi was the practice of devoting young girls/women to the deities in temples, who were supposed to be at the service of the God. Their services were songs and dance performances in temples and in places of their patrons. Eroticism was the mainstay of the songs sung by Devdasi girls and the dance performances were also used to be at tandem with the song, sensuous in nature. This distinct trade practiced by them almost hereditary with mother teaching her daughter. In pre-colonial India, ruled ...more
I had this book with me for a very long time. But I never started reading it. One day, I picked this up and I just could not put it down. Nagarathnamma is one of the greatest musical geniuses of the previous generation. She is a trendsetter of sorts. The story narrates her devotion towards Saint Tyagaraja, the challenges she faced and the sacrifices she made in constructing the temple of Tiruvaiyyaru and a general picture of the then Carnatic Music fraternity. Above all, this book diminishes the ...more