Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Sikh dancer performs Vilasini Natyam, a forgotten dance form

When Sikh dancer Dimple Kaur took up Vilasini Natyam, the forgotten classical dance from Andhra Pradesh, she hoped to spark an interest for the art form among the youth. 

Dimple, who has been practicing Bharatnatyam for long picked up Vilasini Natyam from Swapnasundari, a veteran dancer who has been instrumental in reviving the ancient dance form that was practised in the temples of the country before the Britishers imposed a ban on it. 

"I wanted to bring the lost form of the dance back. There are a lot of cultural aspects which have been forgotten and the current generation does now know anything about them," says Dimple who gave a performance here late last evening. 

Vilasini Natyam has been performed over the centuries as a part of the devadasi tradition in Andhra-Pradesh. It faced a decline during the socio-political changes that took place during independence era, especially when it is banned by "The Madras Devadasis (Prevention of Dedication) Act, 1947", which pointed out that devadasis were forced to adopt a life of prostitution. 

"Guru Swapansunadari has revived this dance form and coined the name 'Vilasininatyam' after 'Vilasinis' or 'Bhoginis', which refer to devadasi or hereditary female dancers in temples. And when I saw my guru Swapansundari dancing, I found it so engaging, so communicative that I really wanted to know more about it," says Dimple. 

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