In this episode, Yashoda takes us through some of Devadasi repertoire, its aesthetic representation and how that differs from that of Kuchipudi. It examines how the devadasi repertoire reflects the multiple contexts it traversed noting the influence of the Maratha courts of Tanjore, the English and the Zamindars who prevailed as patrons. The episode is interspersed with Yashoda’s interaction with Mrdangist, Sri Yendamuri Subbarao brings in the voices, opinions and experiences of one who has lived, performed and continues in the real and the aesthetic world of the devadasi.
That interaction being in Telugu, the rest of the episode continues with Yashoda reflecting on her own experiences with the devadasis, what it taught her about herself and more importantly about how these women understood and viewed their world and the world outside.
Voices : Dr. Yashoda Thakore, Sampreeti Malladi
Guest : Sri Yendamuri Subba Rao