As reported in The Telegraph, an Indian national daily newspaper, on Saturday, December 27, 2003, was a national seminar on the Pancha Kanya in Kolkata, Bengal, India, at the Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre's Bharateeyam Auditorium. In complement to the seminar the Panchakanya dances were performed by Ratna Roy who also presented a paper during the conference. According to the Panchkanya Seminar news; "Dr. Ratna Roy of Evergreen State College USA (the foremost living exponent of the 'Panchakanya' composition in the Mahari 'ang' of late Padma Sri Guru Pankaj Charan Das) [spoke] on how the Mahari devdasis find the lives of these five [kanyas] redemptive with particular reference to Tara and Mandodari."
For a detailed critical review of the seminar visit Panchkanya of Indian Epics.
For a fascinating study of the subject see the article Panchakanya Women of Substance by Pradip Bhattacharya.
Finally, any interested in a forum dedicated to discussion of the Panchakanya please click here.
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