On Saturday, 8 August, 2020 at 7.00 pm IST, Gitanjali Kolanad will speak to Champaca Bookstore about her new novel, Girl Made of Gold.
Gitanjali Kolanad was involved in the practice, performance, and teaching of bharata natyam for close to forty years. Her short story "The American Girl" won second prize in the 2008 CBC Literary Awards. She has written numerous articles on aspects of Indian dance for well-known Indian publications. She worked on developing a performing arts program at Shiv Nadar University and was the 2016 Singapore International Writer in Residence with University Scholars Program and The Arts House. She co-founded IMPACT, which teaches the Indian martial art form of kalaripayat to at-risk youth in Toronto.
Girl Made of Gold is published by Juggernaut. It tells the story of a devadasi in Thanjavur in the 1920s, who disappears from a temple the same night that a pure gold statue of a woman mysteriously appears. It is a compelling mystery, and a moving story of the pursuit of love and freedom.