Shaktis – Rukmini Devi Arundale – Inspiring South Asian Women in History – Kokeshi Art Doll


Shaktis is a collection of inspiring and powerful women of South Asian origin whose stories deserve to be told.

Rukmini Devi Arundale is credited with reviving the ancient dance form of Bharatanatyam and bringing into the modern world. She founded the legendary dance school Kalakshetra in 1936. Established in a leafy campus in Chennai, Kalakshetra renewed the Gurukul system of learning and established an earthy aesthetic that transcended dance. Rukmini Devi was also the Chairperson of the Animal Welfare Board and helped pass the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Act in 1952. She was awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s second-highest civilian honor, in 1956. Two decades later, then-Prime Minister of India Moraji Desai, asked Rukmini Devi if she would be interested in the Presidency. She refused with grace and continued her work with dance till her death in 1986.

About the artist : Ranjini Sai Subramanian is an artist and doll maker. Her style is characterized by attention to detail and precise brushwork. She is the owner of Deepashree Arts, an online arts and crafts boutique where she sells her creations.

Available on backorder

These are limited edition dolls – only 5 of each will be produced. Each doll is 5.25” tall, signed and numbered by the artist. The doll comes with a special gift box and a quote card – perfect for gifting!

Note: Studio Yali dolls are meant for display only and are not intended for children. All designs are protected by copyright.

Weight 12 oz
Dimensions 12 × 9 × 6 in


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