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It is not the burden of a lineage that is steeped in the field of Bharatanatyam — nine generations of dancers and more than 200 years of legacy. Nor, is it the challenge of being the grandson of the legendary Balasaraswati. Aniruddha Knight, the son of Balasaraswati’s daughter, dancer Lakshmi Knight and Douglas Knight Jr, says, “I fail to understand why male dancers are seen as incapable of suggesting feminine emotions. No one questions the dancing prowess in kathak where you have the likes of Birju Maharaj, or in Odissi, when it came to Kelucharan Mohapatra. Kuchipudi for a very long time was dominated by male dancers, who performed dressed like women.”

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