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Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes
Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes | Mahak Jain
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A girl explores her love of dancing and her cultural identity in a lively picture book with echoes of the real-life collaboration between Bharatanatyam icon Rukmini Devi Arundale and ballerina Anna Pavlova. Paro comes from a dancing family. At home, she dances Bharatanatyam with her mom, and now shes excited to learn ballet. But what if she cant dance like the other kids in her class? Ballerinas move like fairies, while Bharatanatyam dancers seem like queens. Paro cant be both...can she? Anu Chouhans vibrant, energetic illustrations emphasize themes of creative flexibility and navigating the intersections of different cultural identities.
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Paro feels out of place in her ballet class even though she has dancing Bharatanatyam with her mom for a long time. This beautifully illustrated story takes us through her struggle to fit in, make friends, and figure out what to do when her previous experience seems so very different from the new one.