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Nityasumangali: Devadasi Tradition in South India (Hardcover)

Price : $18.75
ISBN # : 9788120803305
Author : Sasakiya C. Kersenboom
pages: 226
Edition : Hardcover
Volumes : 1
Publisher : Motilal Banarsidass
Published : 2011

It studies what the devadasi tradition meant and its transformation into a living cultural phenomenon in the context of Hindu Tradition. Author has first investigated the concept of the Devadasi as found in the cultural history of South India. The functions and forms of the Devadasi tradition are also examined within the Temple Ritual. Data from Sanskrit Agamas, commentaries, Tamil Sources, informant's accounts and form the actual repertoire of the Devadasis have been woven into a coherent structure.

The phenomenon of the devadasi has suffered greatly from faulty, culture-bound evaluations. The present monograph does not aim at judging these earlier evaluations, nor does it claim to give a truly objective description of what the devadasi tradition was; it rather tries to follow the inherent mode of thought, namely, what the devadasi tradition meant within the frame of Hinduism and its transformation into a living cultural phenomenon functioning significantly in the context of the Hindu tradition.

Author Bio:
Saskia C. Kersenboom, studied Indology at the University of Utrecht (Holland). She obtained her Ph.D. in Dravidology under the guidance of Prof. Dr. K.V. Zvelebil. She is trained in Classical Bharata Natyam by Smt. Nandini Ramani (Smt. T. Balasarasvati School, Madras) and studied Karnatic vocal music with Sri B. Krishnamoorthy. From Smt. P. Ranganayaki Cunnan she inherited the repertoire of songs and dances as practiced by the devadasis of the Sri Subrahmanya Temple at Tiruttani.

Review 1:
''Through the study of devadasi participation in temple rituals, devadasi repertoire, and rites of passage, Kersenbook-Story reveals the meaning and significance of the nityasumangali, for the Hindu tradition before the breakdown of this mythico-poetical universe. She provides a detailed analysis of the role of the devadasi in both the daily and festival temple rituals based on Sanskrit manuals, inscriptions, and informants' accounts. This fine work truly brings to light the concept of the nityasunangali and the significance of the devadasi as a representative of this element in Hindu culture.''
Source: - Kay K. Jordan, The Journal of Asian Studies, Feb. 1990.

Review 2:
'' Kersenboom-Story has herself been schooled in Bharata-Natyam, the form of dance associated with devadasis in the temples of the Tamil country, and thus has an insider's perspective on some central devadasi performance traditions.
Source: - Religious Studies Review, Vol.20, Number 4, Oct. 1994

Review 3:
''It goes to the credit of the author that she has supplemented and correlated the material on the devadasi tradition culled from literary sources with information collected from the living tradition. The book is thus a valuable addition in the field of temple worship in South India and also a contribution to sociological studies allied to this tradition.''
Source: - K.V. Sarma, Book Reviews

This book was added to South Asia bookstore on Monday 08 August, 2011.

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