Welcome to Arattarangetram’s fifth episode. Here is the Part II of this episode. Part I can be found here. And from this episode we have a quiz/question for the viewers. Watch out at the end of the video in Part III for details!!!
Special Guest: Dr. Rathna Kumar, Anjali Center for Performing Arts from Houston, Texas.
Raghu’s segment – Dance History
0:00 – Brief history about the other famous devadasi – a contemporary of Balasaraswati – Chennai Swarna Saraswathi
3:50 – Discussion about her and devadasi costumes in general
6:08 – Rathna Kumar’s experience of seeing/witnessing Balasaraswati’s dance and other legends while growing up in Chennai.
8:22 – Her views about teaching and her passion. Her mother, her grandmother and her family’s influence in her life.
15:48 – Raghu’s question to Rathna Kumar “Being a child artist in film industry and a classical dancer, what is your views on current portrayals of classical dance in Indian movies“. Discusses about Sai-Subbulakshmi.
21:20 – Future of classical dance – There is hope!
23:43 – Anecdotes from her days of being a child movie star.
25:23 – Sharing anecdotes of her interaction with actor Kamal Hassan
Watch out for Part III of the Fifth episode and the quiz at the end.