Vaasanthi’s 'Breaking Free' book review: Bonds of women in rebellion and acceptance

With the deftest of strokes, this novel conjures a picture of the women-dominated lifestyle of the devadasis, where the disciplines of dance, music and coquetry rule supreme.

published on : 17th July 2022

Belagavi’s Devadasi crusader conferred with Naari Shakti award

A crusader striving to eradicate the Devadasi system, Shobha Ghasti of Ghataprabha in Gokak taluk was conferred with the Naari Shakti award on Tuesday by President Ram Nath Kovind. 

published on : 9th March 2022

Daughter of Devadasi from north Karnataka doing Ph.D on ending social alienation

Hailing from a remote village in Mudhol taluk of Bagalkote district in North Karnataka, 35-year-old Manjula Telagade grew up amid the Devadasi system.

published on : 7th February 2022

Make ‘father’s name’ column optional: Kids of former Devadasis

Their questions are existential, but the answers are complex, evasive, and cruel.

published on : 6th February 2022

Decades after ban, Devadasi system lives on surreptitiously in Karnataka

During a visit to Hosapete in Ballari district early this week, this reporter met some former Devadasis, their children and people.

published on : 4th February 2022

India’s last living Sadhir dancer overjoyed by Padma Shri Award

The Sadhir dancer is a recipient of the Padma Shri Award this year. “My happiness knew no bounds when I learned of the award,” she said.

published on : 27th January 2022

Devadasi system still prevalent in State?

NHRC notices to Tamil Nadu, Andhra over reports of the pernicious practice existing in Tiruvallur, Chittoor districts

published on : 26th September 2017

Little girls forced into sexual slavery as devadasis in Tamil Nadu, Andhra; NHRC issues notice

The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments over the alleged prevalence of the banned Devadasi system.

published on : 25th September 2017