Author: Aakriti Sinha
Publisher: Star Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8176500976
The dance heritage of India is nearly 5000 years old. Classical dance is the dance of the mind, the soul and the divine. It is a physical expression of art, dedication and devotion. It has its origin in the temples where it was used to illustrate the Hindu mythologies.
Classical dances are based on the Natya Shastra, written by Sage Bharata in the second century A.D. It is believed that the Creator (Brahma) created them to give joy in life to the gods who found their cosmic functions heavy and dreary. Classical dances have been modified and redefined from time to time. The major Indian classical dances are: Bharata Natyam, Kathakali, Kathak, Manipuri, Kuchipudi, Odissi and Mohini Attam.
Folk dances were developed by the villages or tribes based on their dances…each forming a specialty of a particular region or tribe. Each form has its own specialty & grace, along with a set pattern of costumes & make-up.
This book, cogently illustrated, brings out the essential features of all classical dances and some of the more renowned folk dances. It should be of great interest not only to Indian connoisseurs of art but also to non-Indians seeking an insight into Indian cultural scene.
The Dance Tradition of India
ELEMENTS OF CLASSICAL DANCE: An INTRODUCTION
FOLK DANCES OF INDIA: AN INTRODUCTION
Dandiya Raas (Gujarat)
Jatra & Baul and Vrita (West Bengal)
Dhamal Dance (Haryana)
Naga Dance and Khamba Lim (Nagaland)
Singhi Chham (Sikkim),
Dollu Kunitha (Karnataka)
Kinnauri Nati and Hikat (Himachal Pradesh)
Nicobarese dance (Andaman and Nicobar)
COMMON PROPS IN INDIAN DANCE