Natraj - Indian Dances Through The Ages

Natraj - Indian Dances Through The Ages

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Author: Ram Avtar Vir
Publisher: Pankaj Publications
Year: 1982
Language: multilingual
Pages: 148
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A


Although every race and culture has its dances which are praiseworthy and have their respective merits, Indian Dances are unique and by all standards artistically and historically the most developed. This book is an endeavour to to depict the difficult and ancient subject in a modern setting.

Dancing is an universal phenomenon. As an important and integral part of human creativity it has found an amazing expression the world over and acquired the status of a most subtle fine art.

One important reason is India is a vast country-a meeting point of diverse cultures –and hence many different styles of dancing have developed here to perfection. The prominent among these classical styles are no stranger to the world now.

The technique of Indian Classical Dancing is difficult for rhythmic performance as it depends on many factors. Movements of body parts is one, but more important is the central theme as well as the flow of sentiments which guide and control the body movements.

History of development of different styles of Indian Dances has been given along with essential theoretical knowledge. Illustrations, numbering about 200, are detailed and profuse and show the precise movements of body-parts in clear-cut fashion. Five classical songs appropriate to the illustrated dances have also been added along with their tunes in combined notations. The artist can play these tunes without the help of teacher. A glance at the contents will reveal the vast range of topics dealt with in the book.

The book is sure to prove a great help for the authors, teachers and the scholars of music and dance in India as well as abroad.



Evolution of Dance

Dance in Buddha Period

Dance in Muslim Period

Classical Dances in Present Times

International Dances

Human Structure and Dance

Brief Theory of Indian Music

Definition of Poses


Make up and Dress


Position of Feet

Dance in Time and Rhythm

Dance on Tal Teen

Dance on Tal Jhap

Sitting and Whirling Poses

Opening of Dance


Poses in Standing Position

Sitting Poses

Different Poses of Duet Dance and Tunes of different

Talas and Ragas.