Kali Wants to Dance


Kali is from a village where the boys do not dance, especially not Bharatanatyam. Unperturbed by the labels and taunts that come his way, Kali only wants to dance to the beat of his own drum.

This story about dreams, aspirations, and beating the odds, will leave you starry-eyed and inspired to do the same.

Awards won: This book won the Best of Indian Children’s Writing (BICW) Award in 2019 for the theme Sites and Lives for the age 8-10 yrs.

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SKU: 9789353092252 Category:


Thari thana jonnu thimi . . .
Thaka thari kita thaka . . .
Thathinginathom, Thathinginathom, Thathinginathom.

Kali, a boy from a village in Kovalam, watches actress Padmini on TV and is completely smitten by her Bharatanatyam skills. He tries to imitate and match steps with her, and just like that the dancer in him is born.

Soon enough, Kali begins to perform at different events for his school.

During one such performance, Sarah Chanda, a hospital manager who is in the audience, realizes Kali’s potential. She offers to help him train to be a dancer but Kali is in a dilemma: to pursue his passion or land a job that gives him a pay cheque?

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Weight 65 g
Dimensions 22.6 × 28.5 × 0.5 cm


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