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There was a time when a lovely figure was described as a Paavai Vilakku, a graceful woman with the right curves where it mattered. Another expression was Yaanai Dantha Kai, arms like a smooth ivory tusk. Today being curvy like the Ajanta painting is not considered a compliment. Thank the combination of media, cinema, health and fitness centres and huge auditoriums. Look at the top four of our Bharatanatyam stars - my acronym taken from the world of fashion. R - A - M - P. Rama Vaidyanathan, Alarmel Valli, Malavika Sarukkai and Priyadarshini Govind. Look at their more than slender figures - specially Priya and Rama. Tall and very skinny, these superstar dancers work out daily in variety of ways, gym, running, weight training, yoga and who knows what else. Two of the dancers are in their forties and the other two in their early fifties. And what slim bodies! Fitness for dance is not a chance happening any more. I remember my mother telling me how Vyjayantimala used to eat four Threptin biscuits instead of a meal and then walk around her dining table 25 times to remain slim and fit. This was to remind me to hold off that cheese sandwich I was fond of, and still am!

To reflect this changed environment that is not forgiving of age and the inevitable curves and layers that come with time, we begin a new column titled Not just anyBODY - a tribute to the dancing body. As Martha Graham once said, "Dancers are athletes of the soul." The body is all we have to express, expose and inscribe all our thoughts, dreams and anxieties for the world to see and tear down or applaud. I hope you enjoy this column.
Anita R Ratnam, Founding Editor


With yoga guru Sumi Sekaran
and gourmand  Uma Pushpanathan

Health Recipes 14: Sweet Potato Soup
- Uma Pushpanathan



Delicious snack packs that do your waistline justice
- Sathya Nagaraj
e-mail: sathy63@yahoo.com



The Cheese Conundrum - To Eat or Not
- Namrata Sundaresan
e-mail: lets@eatmorecheese.in



Health Recipes 13: Rendang Paneer
- Uma Pushpanathan



Effects of chronic stress on performance
- Ishika Sachdev
e-mail: ishikasachdev@thebeautyreel.com



Health Recipes 12: Bergedel Jagung
- Uma Pushpanathan



Health Recipes 11: Sake Steamed Chicken 
- Uma Pushpanathan



LCHF (Low Carb High Fat) lunches: Desi style
- Sathya Nagaraj
e-mail: sathy63@yahoo.com



Poison-free nourishment
- Nimmi Ittycheria John
e-mail: nimmiearth@gmail.com



Health Recipes 10: Roasted Tomato and Capsicum Soup
- Uma Pushpanathan



Health Recipes 9: Mango Kerabu
- Uma Pushpanathan



Yoga and dance
- Srimathy Gopalakrishnan
e-mail: ashtangavinyasayoga@yahoo.com



Health Recipes 8: Chicken and Thai basil stir fry
- Uma Pushpanathan



Dancing is NOT aerobic exercise!
- Dr. Madhu Thottappilli
e-mail: ergoin@gmail.com



Health Recipes 7: Crispy Fish with a Citrus Dressing
- Uma Pushpanathan



Health Recipes 6: Miso Soup
- Uma Pushpanathan



Balance of life - the goldilocks effect
- Jayashree Gopal
e-mail: goplajayashree@yahoo.com



From diets to lifestyle changes: Being in the driverís seat
- Sathya Nagaraj
e-mail: sathy63@yahoo.com



How good is your sleep performance? 
- Dr. N. Ramakrishnan



Health Recipes 5: Thai Green Curry
- Uma Pushpanathan



Strength training for dancers
- Jyotsna John
e-mail: john.jyotsna@gmail.com



Health Recipes 4: Quinoa stir fry wrap
- Uma Pushpanathan



Taking responsibility, staying accountable
- Dr. Sheela Nambiar
e-mail: sheela.nambiar@gmail.com



Health Recipes 3 - URAP SAYUR
- Uma Pushpanathan



Yoga for healthy knees
- Sumitra Sekaran



Health Recipes 2 - Vegetable Salad with Channa
- Uma Pushpanathan



Health Recipes
Grilled Aubergines with Couscous
Veggies, Chicken and Prawn in Celery Soup

- Uma Pushpanathan



Fitness for dancers
- Ranee Kumar
e-mail: Ranee@journalist.com


Strengthen your knee
- Masoom Parmar
e-mail: masoom@nritarutya.com


Longing for a drink?
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com


Warm-up for Bharatanatyam dancers
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com


Preventing knee injury
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com


Dancer's diet-Protein
- Vishwa Kiran, Bangalore
e-mail: info@nritarutya.com


Dance age
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com


Pregnancy is not sickness!
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com
- Responses

Diamond pose: a precious tool for all dancers
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com
- Response

Body Makeup
To know what we are made of...
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com

Footholds for dancers
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com

Fitness for Kathak dancers
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com

Injuries
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com

A message in a massage
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com

Application of ballet technique for Bharatanatyam dancers
- Veena Basavarajaiah, Bangalore
e-mail: veenabasavarajaiah@gmail.com

Beauty is dance deep
- Rama Vaidyanathan, New Delhi
e-mail: vaidyanathan.rama@gmail.com

DanceExercise
- Rama Vaidyanathan, New Delhi
e-mail: vaidyanathan.rama@gmail.com

Oh Lord Nataraja, what do you eat?
- Rama Vaidyanathan, New Delhi
e-mail: vaidyanathan.rama@gmail.com

Knee - Better be careful
- Rama Vaidyanathan, New Delhi
e-mail: vaidyanathan.rama@gmail.com
- Responses

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