"Nirmalam: The Genius of S. Sarada," published by Anita Ratnam for Arangham Trust in celebration of Kalakshetra guru S. Sarada's 90th birthday, will be released on December 17 at 11.30 a.m. during the 25th Natya Kala Conference at Sri Krishna Gana Sabha.
Edited by Anita Ratnam in consultation with G. Sundari, this book contains a foreword by Ratnam as well as tributes paid to `Peria Sarada teacher' by scholars, dancers, dance teachers and students, friends and well wishers from all over the world those who have interacted with her over the years.
Lalitha Venkat is associate editor of the book. The first copy will be received by R. Yagnaraman, secretary, Krishna Gana Sabha.
The book features along first person account by S. Sarada of her early years in life, Theosophy and Kalakshetra an extract from her book Kalakshetra Rukmini Devi: Reminiscences by S. Sarada (published by Kala Mandir Trust)
Sarada's `Advice from a veteran' is a full chapter dealing with the correct dancing techniques and the disturbing trends seen today in Bharatnatyam. This profound and valuable information is excerpted from Sruti.
Three page pictorial depiction of Abhinaya by S. Sarada, courtesy Sruti.
Tributes paid to S. Sarada by Kapila Vatsyayan, dance gurus Mrinalini Sarabhai, Sarada Hoffman, Dhananjayans, Kunhiramans, C.V. Chandrasekhar, Adyar Lakshman etc, Leela Samson (director of Kalakshetra), flute maestro N. Ramani, musician Karaikudi Subramanian, past students and well wishers. There are also quotes from S. Sarada and many personal photographs as well.
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