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ART simplified: Vidya Bhavani Suresh and B.A. Suresh are fascinated with presenting art on print.
ART simplified: Vidya Bhavani Suresh and B.A. Suresh are fascinated with presenting art on print.

Staff Reporter

Book released by Puducherry Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam

PUDUCHERRY: “We want to showcase Indian art and culture, explaining it in such a way that anyone can understand – simplified, but not diluted,” says Bharatanatyam exponent and musicologist Vidya Bhavani Suresh. That is what her latest offering ‘Kinetics of Kathakali and Kuchipudi,’ a book released by the Puducherry Chief Minister V. Vaithilingam recently, has set out to do.

Brought out by Skanda Publications, a company run by her husband B.A. Suresh, this book is the latest among over 29 books Vidya has written on dance and music. Her first book was a beginner’s guide to a traditional art form, called ‘Appreciating Bharatanatyam.’

Apart from books, (including those on the art of veena making and even jewellery making!), Skanda Publications also create thematic calendars, and ‘art’ greeting cards.

“We have recently documented five art forms, including the now-rarely-practised Koodiyattam, Ottanthullal and Chakyar Koothu. Books on these will hit the market over the next few years. They will surely be an eye opener,” says Suresh. Vidya’s books will soon be available in bookstores in Puducherry.


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