varna and jati

Vidyasankar Sundaresan vsundaresan at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri May 28 22:13:09 UTC 1999

Stephens <jpstephen at HOME.COM> wrote:

>I have to agree with Mr. Nanda Chandran on this. Why can't the non-brahmins
>become more culturally aware and learn carnatic music, bharatanatyam etc?

Wait a minute. Except for the composers, performance wise, Carnatic music
and Bharatanatyam were both largely non-Brahmin preserves till the Brahmins
took to the arts in large numbers within the last two centuries. Name one
Bharatanayam master who does not have a Pillai in the guru lineage, or who
is not a Pillai himself. Name one Brahmin who plays the Nadaswaram or the
Thavil, the temple instruments.


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