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MB117 Dances of India
£59.99

ISBN:

81-86685-11-1

 

Indian classical dances have a traditional that has been distilled to perfection over centuries.

For the first time, the actual practitioners of these forms – the dancers themselves, give the insider’s point of view, delineating the origin and history of various styles.

 

Bharatanatyam, one of the more popular classical dance forms, is a composite art. Widely practiced in Karnataka and Tamil-Nadu, it is at once a sensual and divine experience. It was performed in the temples by dancers who were called devadasis as an integral part of the religious rituals. The erstwhile princely courts patronized the temples and thus its various traditions, from where the dance form drew its sustenance. The bool traces the form’s journey through the ages to the present day.

 

Kathak, North India’s most popular dance form, originated in the Indo-Gangetic plains. This text on Kathak provides an excellent overview of the form, incorporating a wealth of information on its answers many of the questions that frequently plague interested viewers as well as connoisseurs. It corrects and puts into proper perspective, a number of misconceptions that are related to the dance form.

 

Kathakali from the southern-most tip of India, Kerala, is characterized by its exaggerated and extravagant style that delves into mythology for its sustenance. The form has been shrouded in mystery and the book tries to demystify the elaborately defined body kinectics and the eloquent hand gestures enhanced by the stylized make-up and costumes.

 

Mohiniyattam,One of the seven Indian classical dance forms, Mohiniyattam or the dance of the enchantress, traces it’s origins to Kerala. The role of Mohini is exclusively to enchant – Moham or enchantment being one of the noble and divine feminine qualities. Many of the Puranic legends described Lord Vishnu, the preserver, appering in the form of a beguiling damsel to protect the universe from evil. Vishnu transformed himself into Mohini whenever evil prevailed and righteousness had to be restored.

 

Odisii, This overview of the classical dance of Orissa spans its historical development from the 2nd century B.C. It traverses through the feminine temple dance tradition to the medieval spreading of spiritual consciousness through the bhakti inspired dance of young boys in the gotipua tradition. The repertoire, training and technique of today’s Odissi is explained with a clarity that students of dance and aficionados of Indian performing arts will find of great value in understanding this lyrical art form.

 

Manipuri, the classical dance from the eastern-most end of India, is marked by a delicacy that is steeped in tradition. Intertwined with the form are the martial arts and rituals of the region. The book takes one through the subtle nuances of the form of the supernatural to the mythological, concerned as it is with the lives of celestial beings, deities, demons and sages.

Odisii, This overview of the classical dance of Orissa spans its historical development from the 2nd century B.C. It traverses through the feminine temple dance tradition to the medieval spreading of spiritual consciousness through the bhakti inspired dance of young boys in the gotipua tradition. The repertoire, training and technique of today’s Odissi is explained with a clarity that students of dance and aficionados of Indian performing arts will find of great value in understanding this lyrical art form.

 

Manipuri, the classical dance from the eastern-most end of India, is marked by a delicacy that is steeped in tradition. Intertwined with the form are the martial arts and rituals of the region. The book takes one through the subtle nuances of the form of the supernatural to the mythological, concerned as it is with the lives of celestial beings, deities, demons and sages.

 

Kuchipudi, from Andhra Pradesh, was originally a dance-drama form. This is a first-ever attempt to demystify the nuances of a form that has always been the preserve of the males. The dramatic content of the form was passed from one generation to the other without a written been culled out to evolve a style that is distinct from the dance-drama form of the same generic name.

 

 

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