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Dancing in Thatha's Footsteps

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Dancing in Thatha's Footsteps

Written by Srividhya Venkat, Illustrated by Kavita Ramchandran

On Sundays, Varun has his karate lesson, and his sister Varsha heads to dance school with their grandfather. One weekend, Varun reluctantly accompanies his sister to her lesson. Bored of waiting, he peeks into the classroom, and almost immediately, he is fascinated by the rhythm and grace of bharatanatyam, a dance from India that Varsha is learning to perfect. Varun tries a few moves at home in secret because…well, boys don’t dance, do they? His grandfather is not so sure. Will Thatha be able to convince Varun to dance in his footsteps?

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Nataraja Tanjavur Painting

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Nataraja Tanjavur Painting

We explore the form of Lord Shiva as Nataraja performing the cosmic dance, by creating an art piece inspired by the Thanjavur style of painting. Nataraja is symbolic of Shiva as the lord of dance and dramatic arts.

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