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On life and times of Ragini Devi and Indrani Rahman, 1930-1999, both Indian danseuse.


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On life and times of Ragini Devi and Indrani Rahman, 1930-1999, both Indian danseuse.

19 review for Dancing In The Family: An Unconventional Memoir Of Three Women

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gouthami

    An easy to read book that took me through 3 generations of a family who are all dancers, specialising in various Indian classical styles. Their lives are quite incredible and exciting. There must have been awful times in their lives, but the author glosses over those and chooses to focus on the highs. Every artist goes through a lot of angst and pathos to create that art - and then that art gives them great joy, approaching nirvana. That is what the book describes. Everyday life is not really co An easy to read book that took me through 3 generations of a family who are all dancers, specialising in various Indian classical styles. Their lives are quite incredible and exciting. There must have been awful times in their lives, but the author glosses over those and chooses to focus on the highs. Every artist goes through a lot of angst and pathos to create that art - and then that art gives them great joy, approaching nirvana. That is what the book describes. Everyday life is not really conducive to great art and yet these women have families - sometimes supportive and at other times perplexed. The style of writing is very simple helping me to finish reading the book very quickly. The backdrop to the book is the changing social and political scenario in both India and the USA, adding to the narrative.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Mahi Pant

    I read this book a while ago and really enjoyed it. At that point in time I was evolving into a different person. Not wanting to read fiction, I picked this book from a book fair rack. I found this book to be truly an unconventional memoir of three generations of classical dancers from India. The book essentially does bring out the extreme way in which classical dance is practiced and revered in India. Also, how art is held dear to the heart with the teacher selecting the student and it not bein I read this book a while ago and really enjoyed it. At that point in time I was evolving into a different person. Not wanting to read fiction, I picked this book from a book fair rack. I found this book to be truly an unconventional memoir of three generations of classical dancers from India. The book essentially does bring out the extreme way in which classical dance is practiced and revered in India. Also, how art is held dear to the heart with the teacher selecting the student and it not being vice-versa - thereby revealing eccentricities of the accomplished by and large. In reading the memoirs, you will cry, laugh, feel annoyed with three of them. For following every whim and fancy of their heart. But all in all, Sukanya's writing does make you fall in love with the three women for following their heart and doing just what they want to. Lively and easy to read this book is an interesting company.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Divya Charen

    I discovered the book in my institute library and enjoyed reading the unconventional lives of three women, who are amazing classical dancers. The unconventional adventures they had are inspiring and would make you feel like that you are not putting yourself out to the world enough.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Mashantha Viswanathan

  5. 4 out of 5

    Susan

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    Sobia

  7. 5 out of 5

    Alisha

  8. 4 out of 5

    Naveenkumar S

  9. 5 out of 5

    BookDB

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sachin Bhatia

  11. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  12. 5 out of 5

    Nayonika Roy

  13. 5 out of 5

    Miti Modi

  14. 4 out of 5

    Priyanka Pokhriyal

  15. 5 out of 5

    Harini

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megha Ann Mathew

  17. 4 out of 5

    Gauri

  18. 4 out of 5

    Heather Santiago

  19. 5 out of 5

    Kritiranjanii Kumari

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