The first episode is the story of discovery, of reaching out, and the story of learning. Dancer, research, and a voice from the Kalvantulu community (hereditary dancer families from the Godavari region) Dr. Yashoda takes us through the idea of lineage and practice in the life of a devadasi weaving her personal journey with the voices of scholars. This episode like the blossom of a bud reveals the story before the flowering that follows. The figure of who the devadasi was, what she did, and where she was. Her conversation with Dr. Saskia (author of Nityasumangali) takes one through the temple practices of the devadasi and what it represented.
Voices: Dr. Yashoda Thakore, Sampreeti Malladi
Guest: Dr. Saskia Kersenboom