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Chilanka - The Anklet

Authored By: Gopikrishnan Kottoor

Publisher:  Authorspress

ISBN-13: 9789352074693

Year of Publication: 2017

Pages: 142

                                       Binding: Paperback(PB)

Category:  Poetry, Fiction and Short Stories

Price in Rs. 206.50

                             Price in (USA) $. 29.95

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About the Book


In the exquisite setting of his narrative in the tender bowels of the Kathakali parampara as it was strictly practiced by the dedicated Chakiyars of yore, Gopi manages a subtle critique of culture – and especially dance – yielding too soon to changing times.

At another level Gopi’s story is the story of passion for dance. Hisprotagonist’s dance seems to flow in the veins as a recognizable corpuscle! To those of us who are dancers, this passion is easily understood. To those on the outside this passion must be truly bewildering.

…The sensitive writer is also adept at eking out the unsaid emotions of everyday living that artistes face. The severe dichotomies between the imagined dance narratives they enact and the calamities of their mundane existence. The poverty! The unspoken emotions! The burdens of biology! And the battle with metastasis!

So join Lakshmi as she wraps the Chilanka of life and let her gentle rhythms suffuse your soul!

(From the Foreword by Geeta Chandran, Padma Sri Awardee for dance)

About the Author


Gopikrishnan Kottoor is an award winning poet. His prizes for poetry include the Special Poetry Prize (Special Category) and the Second Prize (General category) in the All India Poetry Society-British Council Poetry competitions, among other poetry prizes. His poems appear in Verse, Seattle, USA (Special Edition of Contemporary Indian Poetry in English),The Bloodaxe Book of Contemporary Indian Poets, Both Sides of the Sky:Post Independence Indian Poetry in English, among others. His poetry has been translated into German, Spanish and Chinese.He can be contacted at