Author: C Sivaramamurti
Publisher: Publications Division
ISBN/UPC (if available): 8123000928
This book on art paper with hundreds of color pictures, Monochromes and Line drawings highlights Nataraja as the presiding deity of fine arts whether it be music, dance, painting, sculpture or epigraphy.
Nataraja as a theme represents life force itself. The ancients visualized Nataraja as a manifestation of the cosmic energy symbolizing the three aspects of creation, preservation and destruction. The dance of Nataraja has always been synonymously viewed with truth and beauty, force and rhythm, movement and change, realization and dissolution. Nataraja has been visualized in a variety of forms by seers, poets and artists.
The Vedic roots of the cosmic dancer and the blend of tradition and modernity is woven as a thread throughout the book describing vividly the exploits of the great dancer on world stage. It also contains interesting information on famous spots of the Nataraja theme and the concept of Nataraja beyond Indian frontiers.
This book promises to be a definitive work on the subject and a monument to Indian scholarship.
Nataraja – The Lord of Dance
The Significance of Siva’s Dance
Karanas Presented in Siva’s Tandava
Karanas Presented by Vishnu as Krishna
Ganesa, Dikpalas and Matrikas Dance in Accompaniment
The Vedic Roots of the Concept of the Great Dancer
Nataraja Pictured in Literature
Nataraja in Hymnal Literature
Nataraja in Epigraphical Literature
Varieties of Nataraja as Described in Silpa Texts
Aesthetic Quality of the Concept
Nataraja Form in Sculpture and Painting
The Nataraja Concept Beyond Indian Frontiers
Spots Specially associated with Nataraja and Their Importance