India's Dances: Their History, Technique, and Repertoire

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Abhinav Publications, Jan 1, 2004 - History - 315 pages
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The Dances Of India Are Among The Oldest Dance Genres Still Widely Practiced Today. In Recent Years They Have Become Increasingly Known And Appreciated All Over The World. This Book Details The History Of The Several Styles Of Indian Dance And Gives An Account Of The Cultural, Religious, Social And Political Factors Which Influenced Their Growth And Development. There Are Fascinating Side-Lights On The Etiquette And Mores Of Indian Society. Many Of The Myths And Legends Which Form The Subject Matter Of The Dances Are Recounted And Theories Suggested To Explain Their Inspiration And Sources.This Is A Comprehensive Survey For Readers Who Want To Relate The Classical Dances To The Broader Background Of Indian Culture. For Students, Indian And Non- Indian, It Provides Valuable Historic And Technical Information; And For Dance Lovers It Serves As A Guide Telling Them What To Look For In A Performance. There Is, In Addition, An Overview Of India'S Many Folk Dances. The Glossary Of Terms Germane To The Different Styles Is A Useful Adjunct As Is The Bibliography.In The Latter Part Of This Book The Achievements Of Leading Delhi-Based Dancers Are Recorded And, At The Same Time, New Talent Is Readily Recognized.Written By An Acknowledged Authority, India'S Dances Is, Quite Simply, A Defmitive Volume On Some Of This Country'S Most. Enduring Contributions To World Culture.
  

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This is my plessure to read this book.It is very fabulously and techniqly written,design and given to the dancers like me........If a person wants to know the basic and the history behind this,he or she must read it......I thank the writter of this book MR.REGINALD MASSEY for giving us this wonderful book....!!!thank you sir!!!!!!!!! 

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Contents

Acknowledgements
7
Map of important dance centres
8
Introduction
9
Chapters
24
The Background
25
Dasi Attam
41
A Dasi Attam Performance
53
The Devadasis
63
Mohini Attam
131
Ottan Tullal
135
Yakshagana
141
Kathak
143
A Kathak Performance
163
The Ras Lila of Braj
171
Manipuri Dance
177
Lai Haroba Ras Lila and Other Dances
189

Kuchipudi
79
Bhagvata Mela Nataka
87
Kuravanji
95
Kathakali
101
Makeup Costume Headdress and Jewellery of Kathakali
119
Odissi
207
Uday Shankar
221
Indias Dancers
237
Glossary
299
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About the author (2004)

Reginald Massey has written on the culture, religion, music and dance of India for leading papers such as The Times and The Guardian and has been a critic of The Dancing Times of London for nearly four decades. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and a member of the Society of Authors.

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