How beautifully these pictures capture the stark contrast between the femininity of the dance and the masculinity of the bare room. It’s as if the dancers are dancing for the room. It’s like Parvati dancing for Shiva. Almost seductive.
(Kalakshetra Dance School, Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India)
1. A Maratha brahmin girl from Tanjore (Tamil Nadu) holding a marigold garland 2. A Tamil girl wearing jasmine flowers in her hair and a silk sari for a temple visit 3. A Muslim lady with a headdress of jasmine blossom and pearls sewn into her hair and a silk and gold gauze dupatta worn over a coloured coat for outdoor wear 4. The daughter of a Muslim merchant from Triplicane in a red and gold bordered dupatta and silver anklets.