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Classical dance in India was never reserved for women. From the Nataraja,the symbol of natya in India,to the codification and construction of most classical styles attributed to male dancers and academicians,the world of Indian classical dance has seen illustrious dancers such as VP Dhananjayan,Uday Shankar,Kelucharan Mohapatra and Birju Maharaj. But male dancers have faced prejudices,including those of homosexuality and femininity. Master of Arts A Life in Dance (Hachette,Rs 599) is a book about the illustrious dancer duo VP Dhananjayan and Shanta Dhananjayan. On World Dance Day on April 29,Bharatanatyam dancer and author of the book,Tulsi Badrinath says that the status of the male dancers in India remains marginalised.