India's Dances: Their History, Technique, and Repertoire

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Abhinav Publications, 2004 - History - 315 pages
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The Dances Of India Are Among The Oldest Dance Genres Still Widely Practiced Today. In Recent Years They Have Become Increasingly Known And Appreciated All Over The World. This Book Details The History Of The Several Styles Of Indian Dance And Gives An Account Of The Cultural, Religious, Social And Political Factors Which Influenced Their Growth And Development. There Are Fascinating Side-Lights On The Etiquette And Mores Of Indian Society. Many Of The Myths And Legends Which Form The Subject Matter Of The Dances Are Recounted And Theories Suggested To Explain Their Inspiration And Sources.This Is A Comprehensive Survey For Readers Who Want To Relate The Classical Dances To The Broader Background Of Indian Culture. For Students, Indian And Non- Indian, It Provides Valuable Historic And Technical Information; And For Dance Lovers It Serves As A Guide Telling Them What To Look For In A Performance. There Is, In Addition, An Overview Of India'S Many Folk Dances. The Glossary Of Terms Germane To The Different Styles Is A Useful Adjunct As Is The Bibliography.In The Latter Part Of This Book The Achievements Of Leading Delhi-Based Dancers Are Recorded And, At The Same Time, New Talent Is Readily Recognized.Written By An Acknowledged Authority, India'S Dances Is, Quite Simply, A Defmitive Volume On Some Of This Country'S Most. Enduring Contributions To World Culture.
 

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Contents

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS
7
Map of important dance centres
8
INTRODUCTION
9
THE BACKGROUND
25
2 DASI ATTAM
41
3 A DASI ATTAM PERFORMANCE
53
4 THE DEVADASIS
63
5 KUCHIPUDI
79
14 A KATHAK PERFORMANCE
163
15 THE RAS LILA OF BRAJ
171
16 MANIPURI DANCE
177
17 LAI HAROBA RAS LILA OTHER DANCES
189
18 SATTRA DANCES OF ASSAM
201
19 ODISSI
207
20 SANTINIKETAN
215
21 UDAY SHANKAR
221

6 BHAGVATA MELA NATAKA
87
7 KURAVANJI
95
8 KATHAKALI
101
9 MAKEUP COSTUME HEADDRESS AND JEWELLERY OF KATHAKALI
119
10 MOHINI ATTAM
131
11 OTTAN TULLAL
135
12 YAKSHAGANA
141
13 KATHAK
143
22 CHHAU
227
23 FOLK DANCES
231
INDIAS DANCERS
237
GLOSSARY
299
BIBLIOGRAPHY
305
INDEX
309
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Reginald Massey has written on the culture, religion, music and dance of India for leading papers such as The Times and The Guardian and has been a critic of The Dancing Times of London for nearly four decades. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Society of Authors.

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