2022 South Asia Book Award Winner for Younger Readers

Dancing in Thatha's Footsteps

Dancing in Thatha's Footsteps

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Words by Srividhya Venkat

Art by Kavita Ramchandran


Age Range: 4-6 years
Format: Hardcover, Paperback, eBook

Page Count: 34 pages
Language: English
ISBN-13: 978-1-949528-90-9 (Hardcover), 978-1-949528-89-3 (Paperback), 978-1-949528-88-6 (eBook)


On Sundays, Varun has his karate lesson, and his sister Varsha heads to dance school with their grandfather. One weekend, Varun reluctantly accompanies his sister to her lesson. Bored of waiting, he peeks into the classroom, and almost immediately, he is fascinated by the rhythm and grace of bharatanatyam, a dance from India that Varsha is learning to perfect. Varun tries a few moves at home in secret because…well, boys don’t dance, do they? His grandfather is not so sure. Will Thatha be able to convince Varun to dance in his footsteps?

A heartwarming picture book about a multigenerational Tamil-American family discovering a shared love for bharatanatyam, an ancient classical dance form that continues to fascinate young dancers across the globe.