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Kerala Dancer Claims Temple Barred Her From Performing For Being ‘Non-Hindu’

Bharatanatyam dancer Mansiya VP was reportedly barred from performing at a temple in in Kerala’s Thrissur district.

Updated: March 28, 2022 6:16 PM IST

By News Desk | Edited by Snigdha Choudhury

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Kerala dancer Mansiya VP performing at an event. (Photo: Facebook/Mansiya VP)

New Delhi: Bharatanatyam dancer Mansiya VP was reportedly barred from performing at a temple in Kerala’s Thrissur district. In a post on Facebook, Mansiya VP claimed she was barred from performing at the temple as she was a “non-Hindu”.

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“One of the temple office-bearers informed me that I cannot perform at the temple as I am a non-Hindu. All stages are allotted based on religion, not considering whether you are a good dancer or not. In the meantime, I have also been facing queries about whether I got converted into a Hindu after marriage. (She had married musician Shyam Kalyan). I have no religion and where should I go,” Mansiya VP said in the Facebook post, according to a report by Indian Express.

Mansiya VP said this was not the first time she had experienced discrimination over religion. In her post, the Bharatanatyam dancer said “nothing has changed in our secular Kerala”.

“Art and artists continue to be knotted with religion and caste. When it is forbidden to one religion, it becomes the monopoly of another religion. This experience is not new to me. I am recording it here (on Facebook) only to remind that nothing has changed in our secular Kerala,”

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