Exhibition Catalogue for the Mohan Khokar Dance Archives of India Tour

Monday, August 29, 2011
I just noticed that the coverage of the Mohan Khokar Dance Collection exhibition at Ashish Mohan Khokar's column on Narthaki.com has been updated with a PDF file of the exhibition catalog and a few pictures from the Dallas exhibit!

The exhibition catalogue has such stunning photographs from the Collection I had to make a post about it.  The photos are in excellent resolution and beautifully displayed on the pages which also identify the photos and offer some brief information about each subject grouping.  The first page on Devadasis is amazing- look at the beautiful photograph of two Devadasis in full regalia on the upper-right hand side.  The gorgeous and rare photographs continue with photos of the Devadasis Bhanumathi and Varalakshmi (who shook up the Music Academy when they performed their dance there around 1931), what looks like Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn, Uday Shankar, Ram Gopal, famous Gurus, Travancore Sisters, Kamala, Vyjayanthimala, and on and on!  It's a relatively short catalog but absolutely worth the view of these rare photos.

Here's the preview image from Khokar's column page.  The full catalogue is available here or by clicking the image below.

Last, this isn't directly related to the current exhibition and coverage websites, but I noticed on Ashish's column article about E Krishna Iyer that the newspaper image (which features a nice smiling picture of Kumari Kamala) enlarges to readable size when clicked on! Here's the link: http://www.narthaki.com/info/tdhc/images/tdhc11b.html. The enlarged size reveals that the article is from 1949. It's interesting that the terms Arangetrupadi and Bharata Natya are used instead of the present-day version Arangetram and Bharatanatyam.


  1. Thank you so much for this. This post of yours has let given me enough fodder for days to chew on. Your blog is just fantastic. :)

  2. Sastha Prakash - I'm so happy to find others who enjoy this stuff! :) Thanks for taking the time to compliment my blog. Cheers, ~Minai


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