The essay in this book endeavour to capture the multifaceted cultural and aesthetic legacy of Rukmini Devi preserved both in India and international scholars, including dance cirtics, dance administrators, dancers, dance teachers, bueraucrats, and alumni of the world-renowned lalakshetra arts institution that Rukmini Devi founded in 1936. The essaysalso discuss Rukmini Devi`s aesthetic vision in relation to history,to tradition, her creation of ensemble dance-drama productions, and contemporary dance in the United Kingdom.
Dr. Avanthi Meduri is a Dance and Performance Studies scholar.Trained since childhood in Bharatnatyam and Kuchipudi, Dr. Meduri works in the field of dance education, women`s theatre and performance. she holds a Ph.D. in Performance studies from New York University, and is the Academic and Artistic Director of the Centre for Contemporary Culture, New Delhi
" Helpful references are copious.....and interesting guide to Rukmini Devi, that marvel of the 20th century-which should whet the appetite for further readings." ---------The Hindu
26th April, 2005