Author: A Compilation
Publisher: Centre for Cultural Resources and Training
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/a
This package of 24 color illustrations on art paper with a book on Kuchipudii , one of the classical styles of Indian dance. It emerged out of a long rich tradition of dance-drama around the third and fourth decade of 20th century. .
Dance in India has a rich and vital tradition dating back to ancient times. Excavations, inscriptions, chronicles, genealogies of kings and artists, literary sources, sculptures and paintings of different periods provide extensive evidence on dance. Myths and legends also support the view that dance had a significant place in the religious and social life of the Indian people.
Nurtured for centuries, dance in India has evolved in different parts of the country its own distinct style taking on the culture of that particular region, each acquiring its own flavor. Consequently a number of major styles of ‘art’ dance are known to us today, like Bharatnatyam, Kathakali, Kuchipudi, Kathak, Manipuri and Odissi. Then, there are regional variations, the dances of rural and tribal areas, which range from simple, joyous celebrations of the seasons, harvest of birth of a child to dance of the propitiation of demons or for invoking spirits. Today there is also a whole new body of modern experimental dance
An ancient classification followed in all styles is of Tandava and Lasya. Tandava , the masculine, is heroic, bold and vigorous. Lasya, the feminine is soft, lyrical and graceful Manipuri dance incorporates both the tandava and lasya and ranges from the most vigorous masculine to the subdued and graceful feminine. Generally known for its lyrical and graceful movements, Manipuri dance has an elusive quality.