Special court grants bail to dancer Sathyabhama in caste abuse case

Sathyabhama is accused of making racist remarks against a fellow artiste during a purported interview with a YouTube channel.
Last Updated : 15 June 2024, 18:10 IST

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Thiruvananthapuram: A special court here on Saturday granted bail to Mohiniyattam dancer Sathyabhama in a caste abuse case under stringent conditions.

Sathyabhama appeared before the Special Court for SC/ST PoA Cases at Nedumangad here after the Kerala High Court on June 10 refused to allow her anticipatory bail plea.

The court granted bail on a personal bond of Rs 50,000 and asked her to appear before the investigating officer as and when required and not to influence the witnesses.

The court also warned her not to repeat the offence during bail period.

Sathyabhama is accused of making racist remarks against a fellow artiste during a purported interview with a YouTube channel.

The high court had disposed of her bail application with directions to surrender before the special court at Thiruvananthapuram.

She was booked by the police on the basis of a complaint by noted Mohiniyattam dancer RLV Ramakrishnan that her racist remarks during a purported interview with a YouTube channel, were directed at him.

As her remarks created an uproar in Kerala society, Sathyabhama denied Ramakrishnan's allegations, saying she did not name anyone specifically in the interview.

During the interview, Sathyabhama had said, "The person who performs Mohiniyattam should be 'mohini' (enchanting)." "He has the colour of a crow. This is an art form that requires a stance that keeps the legs wide apart. There is nothing more repulsive than a man who performs with his legs wide apart in this manner.

"In my opinion, men should perform Mohiniyattam only if they are that good-looking... But his looks are unbearable," the 66-year-old dancer was heard saying in the interview portions, which were telecast by news channels.

She had also declared that he was not apt for the dance form - Mohiniyattam.

Sathyabhama, however, did not specify to whom she was referring.

The video, which went viral, was severely criticised by many on social media, cutting across political lines.

In a Facebook post, Ramakrishnan, who is the brother of famous film actor late Kalabhavan Mani, said Sathyabhama was continuing her racist abuse against him, alleging that he was not qualified to teach Mohiniyattam.

Ramakrishnan completed his studies from the renowned RLV college in Tripunithura and a first-rank holder in MA Mohiniyattam from MG University. He is also a top scorer in MPhil and completed a PhD from Kalamandalam.

Published 15 June 2024, 18:10 IST

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