Indian Classical Dance

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Indian Classical Dance
A sweeping look at the magnificence of Indian culture through its varied dance forms, Indian Classical Dance: Tradition in Transition is a tour de force through the forms, characteristics, challenges and changes in traditional dance. At one level, it is a compendium of classical dance, an exploration of its moods and majesty, and an ode to its sublime aesthetics. At another level, it is a stunning visual and scholarly portrayal of a pluralistic society teeming with cultural vitality. It is also a graphic appreciation of the human body, captured by the camera in moments of sheer grace, structured movement, cultivated expression and divine harmony. Bharatanatyam, Kathakali, Odissi, Kathak, Mohiniattam, Manipuri, Kuchipudi: the book is an exposition of these seven major dance forms - their history, growth, decay and renewal, right from the temple floor and kingly court to the modern stage. The future of these dance forms, their struggle for preservation, and their need to keep in step with the rhythm of today's fast-paced world are themes the author, one of India's most respected dance critics, explores and tries to resolve. Brilliant photographs captured by the lens of Avinash Pasricha, undoubtedly the master of Indian dance photography, make the book as vibrant as the dances it presents. In its range, definitive appraised and visual power. Indian Classical Dance: Tradition in Transition is the best there is in its genre.
About the Author
Leela Venkataraman's career as a writer on dance began as the dance critic for the National Herald in 1980, after which she worked with another daily, The Patriot. Selected as the dance critic for The Hindu when the paper began its Delhi edition fifteen years ago, she has been with the paper ever since, her Friday Review column earning a reputation for being the most incisive commentary on the dance scene in the capital. Widely travelled in India and abroad, she has participated in seminars and dance events such as the International Seminar on Bharatanatyam in the Diaspora in Chicago, the North American International Dance Seminar in Houston in 2001, the Biennale de la Danse at Lyons in 2000 and the Rukmini Devi Festival in Malaysia. Leela Venkataraman has written extensively for journals in India and abroad, and is on the Delhi Bureau of SRURI, a monthly journal published from Chennai. She was also on the Board of Management of the Kalakshetra Foundation for a full term. Among her publications are Bharatanatyam - Step by Step and A Dancing Phenomenon - Birju Maharaj.
TitleIndian Classical Dance
Author NameLeela Venkataraman
PublisherRoli Books Pvt. Ltd.
Publication Year2002
Total No. of Pages144
Weight1.65 KGS
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