Bharata Natyam is India's oldest classical dance tradition. It is performed by women who reenact stories from the oldest classics like the <I>Puranas</I> or the <I>Mahabharata</I> to the accompaniment of very specialized music. The British outlawed it in the as being lewd and suggestive, but it survived and has since undergone a revival. One of the key figures of that revival was a Brahmin girl who lent the form immense respectability. In this story, Seema (Anjana Banergi) is a rich girl who has become a renowned international performer of this dance style, but supporting her as a performer has become very expensive even for her well-to-do parents, and they would like her to marry someone who can keep her in costumes. Instead, she marries a musician whose work will support her performances in a different way. They become quite a successful team. A purist, and very strong-willed, when her (blind) husband begins to branch out into more popular (and lucrative) musical forms, she leaves him.
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