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.
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.
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.
Their questions are existential, but the answers are complex, evasive, and cruel.
During a visit to Hosapete in Ballari district early this week, this reporter met some former Devadasis, their children and people.
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.
NHRC notices to Tamil Nadu, Andhra over reports of the pernicious practice existing in Tiruvallur, Chittoor districts
The National Human Rights Commission has issued notices to Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh governments over the alleged prevalence of the banned Devadasi system.