1976, India. 33 min, Documentary, Color
This short documentary film is portrait of a dancer of Bharata Natyam, Balasaraswati. Balasaraswati affectionately called Bala was one of the greatest exponents of Bharata Natyam. It was produced by National Centre for the Performing Arts and Government of Tamil Nadu. The film features extended dance recitals by Bala.
As we arrived on the beach on the day of the shooting (which happened to be our last day in Madras), I found a fairly strong breeze blowing. I asked Bala with some trepidation if this would interfere with her dancing. “Oh no,” she said, “I can manage.” And manage she did. I can think of no other dancer who can use her hand so that it serves the needs of abhinaya one moment, and comes down in a graceful arc the next to restrain a billowing sari.
|Producer:||National Centre for Performing Arts, Bombay and Govt. of Tamil Nadu|
|Script, commentary and direction:||Satyajit Ray|
|Sound:||S. P. Ramanathan, Sujit Sarkar|