September 8, 2006
Designed by cutting edge designers Jiten Thukral and Sumir Tagra, the book is a personal record of the talented dancer's encounter with her beloved dance Bharatanatyam. In it Geeta narrates how she imbibed the grand tradition – beginning with her first teacher hailing from the dasi-parampara – and then went on to erase orthodoxies in classical dance. Lavishly illustrated and impeccably presented, publisher Bikash Niyogi will collect the award on 21st September at a ceremony being organized at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.
The dancer is celebrated not only for her deep and composite understanding of the art of Bharatanatyam, but also for her Carnatic music (she is an accomplished vocalist), her work in television, video and film, theatre, choreography, dance-education and dance-issue journalism.
Her 228-page book consists of seven chapters. ANJALI, the introduction; GURU DAKSHINA where the dancer discusses the role of her teachers; NAVADARSHANAM a series of chapters where the dancer maps the changing frontiers of Bharatanatyam today; RASIKA, where she evaluates the changing role of audiences and critics in dance; BHAKTI where she presents dimensions of the mythological content of Bharatanatyam, SHE-RAHASYAM, where gender dimensions in classical dance are discussed, and SAMARPAN, or conclusion.