‘A life lived entirely on one´s own terms´ aptly describes the life and work of the dancer and choreographer Chandalekha (1929-2006), born in southern India. The most controversial of Indian choreographers, and now a legend not only in India but also abroad, she was an innovator of Bharatnatyam, one of the five classical Indian styles of dancing. In transforming an old tradition she was in search of the roots of womanliness.