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In dance, Malavika Sarukkai explores and expresses the essence of the Ganges

In dance, Malavika Sarukkai explores and expresses the essence of the Ganges

The struggle to preserve the soul of India, from within the country and without, has been going on for so long that the struggle itself now seems to be part of India's soul. The country's national poet, Rabindranath Tagore, was accorded a Nobel Prize in 1913 and favored by the likes of Yeats, only to have Yeats and other notable British poets turn on him for, they thought, losing his exoticism. Certain raga connoisseurs attacked Ravi Shankar for his sitar showmanship and the sacrilege of exposing a spiritual art to the expedients of rock festivals. India's greatest filmmaker, Satyajit Ray, was accused of exploiting the country's poverty and not representing modern...

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