Kala Rasa (The Essence of Art) is a Bharatanatyam concert that includes dances from the Margam technique followed by a work in progress production called Aśrutam - The Unheard Voice of Devadasis. Devadasis were performing artists of ancient Indian temples, who passed down their hereditary dance form to our generation. They were women who followed a matriarchal system, not bound by marriage, and broke the stereotypes of the patriarchal society. With change in the socio-political conditions, Devadasis lost their support & patronage. Their practice was abolished in 1947, citing their unconventional lifestyle, taking away their livelihood and basic human rights. To this day, many in the society are in denial of their existence. Drawing parallels to the voice of women of all generations, Aśrutam hopes to raise visibility on Devadasis and shed light on their struggles.