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Book Review: Balasaraswati, Her Art and Life | Vidya Sury, Collecting Smiles
Title: Balasaraswati: her Art and Life Author: Douglas M. Knight Jr ISBN: 978-93-80658-81-0 Publisher: Tranquebar My hardbound version: Rs 599/- When “Balasaraswati, Her Art and Life” came up for review, I coveted it and hoped I would be one of the bloggers chosen to review it. So my joy really knew no bounds when I received the book. It is an amazing experience to read it, and a book I am likely to go back to, for I’ve marked several pages to read again. Obviously, it is going to be a treasured possession and part of my “favorite books”. A book like “Balasaraswati, Her Art and Life” makes me proud to be an Indian. Prouder still for the connection to Thanjavur, Bala’s home town, as well as our family’s. According to the Wikipedia, Thanjavur is the cradle for many of the arts and crafts in South India. Carnatic music as we know it today was codified in Thanjavur as was Bharathanatyam. Thanjvur, both the town and district supported several crafts. I am grateful for my exposure to Carnatic music and dance. Our family, both from my side and Sury’s is full of musicians and currently, Vidur is in his sixth …