Author: Lakshmi VishwanathanForeword/Introduction: Pavan K. VarmaPublisher: Roli BooksYear: 2008Language: EnglishPages: 210ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788174366726
Devadasi, raja dasi or kutcheri dasi devadasis have acquired a variety of definitions and roles over the years. This work studies, in depth, the devadasi tradition and its transformation into a living cultural phenomenon in the context of Hindu tradition. The book brings into focus the activities and identities of the devadasis and examines the functions and forms of the devadasi tradition.The changing face of the tradition has been authenticated and given a voice by the author by featuring some of the most prominent devadasis of our times. The book also examines the devadasi reform movement in a political, religious, and social context.
ForewordIntroductionThe ideal CourtesanFrom the Sacred to the SecularThe Legendary DancersMarried to the God, Slaves of MenRoyal Dynasties and DancersSeeking the Last of DevadasisNautch PartiesEpilogueSelect BibliographyIndex