Vyjayantimala Bali dancing to a Thodaya Mangalam in her 70s. Throughout her film career, her guardian Yagamma encouraged Vyjayanti to continue practicing Bharatanatyam regularly, often asking K. N. Dhandayudhapani Pillai to travel to Bombay for lessons. This clip shows what hard work and regular practice can accomplish. Even though dancers retire well before her age, she continues to perform during in the Margazhi season, with firm footwork and a deep araimandi.
A high resolution clip of Vyjayanthimala Bali dancing. I’m intrigued by her consistent choice to drape her sari costume Gujarati style, and I wonder what the significance is. As for the dancing, even though she loses her place halfway through the jathi, she still maintains her poise and saves it towards the end. She’s an incredible dancer with so much range and experience, definitely an inspiration to many.