Just going by my sense of smell ... that piece of writing wreaks of prejudice, and is probably typical of the kind of stuff she has had to put up over the years. The extremism shines through: such people don't bother about truth, there are all too many of them around the world, under their various labels.
I wish one of our dance experts would tell us if there is
any truth in it. Oddly, I remember something about the idols, and, I think that, if you google, you will find it to be a misrepresentation.
By the way, as all the usual prejudices flood all the usual minds including mine,
I found out yesterday that she is not, as I had assumed, Christian. It seems that her background is in what I think of as the other
truly ancient religion in the world.
Our music and dance is nothing but spiritual and devotional. It is a great disservice and a gross distortion to pretend otherwise, and a travesty to try to remake these centuries old classics in the modern fashion.
So, you don't think that Pandit Birju Maharaj should be dancing telephone numbers on stage? You don't think there is room for anything else other than religious themes in classical dance?
I'm pleased that someone else showed some interest in this thread. Maybe the title is not explicit enough, but it seemed that the whole event was going to pass undiscussed on rasikas, with the only interest coming from Australia.