Dancing to Nowhere: Young, Beautiful, and Broke?

by Ranjana Dave
[Originally Published in The Asian Age (http://archive.asianage.com) – May 2011]

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Photo Courtesy: Debiprasad Sahoo

Some young classical dancers might be forgiven for thinking that an arangetram or debut marks the end of their dance careers. An arangetram only heralds the start of a long, and sometimes, futile struggle to be known.

People often talk of dance as spiritual, and argue that dancers must treat their art as “sacred” and not trivialize it by bringing money into the equation. If, one sunny morning, they are told that they must work without expecting returns, for the spiritual good of society, can they be expected to respond with similar equanimity? [Read more…]