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Usiloquy Dance Designs would like to acknowledge the art form which we are practicing as Bharatanatyam today is a reimagining of a dance culture originally practiced by members of the courtesan hereditary community (i.e. the Isai Vellalar community including female dancers/devaradiyars and male dance teachers/nattuvanars). This art practiced by members from the community was performed at various sites including temples and royal courts from Tamil and Telugu-speaking parts of South India.

We acknowledge the art practiced by this community was politically, socially, and aesthetically challenged during the 19th and early 20th centuries. We are aware of the multiple aesthetic changes which have gone into the reimagining of Bharatanatyam today. We are thankful that we are able to practice and perform this newly recreated version of Bharatanatyam on this land today.

Gratitude to Nrithya Pillai, Hereditary Bharatanatyam Dancer and Activist for heralding the discourse. Acknowledgement statement worded by Neeraja Ramani and Prof. Hari Krishnan.