Rukmini Devi breached gender barriers through Bharatanatyam

Book: Rukmini Devi – A Life; Author: Leela Samson; Publisher: Penguin-Viking; Price: Rs.500.
In 1935 Rukmini Devi brought the ancient dance form Sadir, later known as Bharatanatyam, back to life on the Indian stage with a performance in Chennai. Sadir till then had been confined to the temple precincts and was the ‘preserve’ of devdasis.
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