Reventha:Gender and Performance in classical Indian dancing by Mandakranta Bose

In the article Gender and Performance in classical Indian dancing by Mandakranta Bose, it says that dance in India was organized from the beginning not only with culture tradition but along with the gender lines. In Indian dance both the feminine grace and masculine vigor (physical strength and good health) assigned to the movement and expressions.

According to Bharatha the writer of Natyashastra Dancers were the women young dancer he uses the Sanskrit word Narthki [literally a female dancer- Bharatha; 1956: 274-8]. But most of the dance teachers and theorist were men; this remained fixed for centuries and to a degree continues today.

Article also talks about the position of female dancers from the beginning, in Sanskrit dramas, status of Devadasis, Rajadasis and Alankaradasis and how they became the property of temple, royal patrons and public property. Article also talks about the women dancers of the later period and their contribution to the field of dance irrespective of gender lines.


Revantha : Dance like a men

Dance like a men is an article of Veejay Sai which is published in the national daily The Hindu on 15thDecember 2013.
In article Dance like a men author talks about the great tradition of the Indian classical dance, according to the world Indian classical dance is the world of female and there is no place for male, but author says that look back in history and you will find that all the earliest dancers, dance teachers, ballet masters, choreographers, scholars, critics and historians have been men who have nurtured and, in turn, been nurtured by the dance forms they chose to embrace. Whether Ram Goal or Uday Shankar, the first international impressions about Indian dance came from the male dancer. They were India’s answers to the likes of Vaslav Nijinsky, Ted Shawn and Diaghilev. Forms like the Kathakali were the exclusive domain of men; Kuchipudi was initially taught and performed only by men. Gotipua dancers in Odisha were young boys and Odissi emerged in its present avatar due to the untiring efforts of dancer-gurus like the late Kelucharan Mohapatra and Debaprasad Das.we can also find the interview of the ifamous personalities of the Indian classical dance like Guru C.V. ChandrasekharThe U.K.’s Akram Khan, U.S.’ Bill T. Jones and Taiwan’s Lin Hwai Rising star and Kathak dancer Anuj Mishra remembers how his father Arjun Mishra and many more. He also talks about the contribution of the great male dancers from the beginning till today’s upcoming and rising dancing stars.