Indian Classical Dance: The Renaissance and Beyond

Paper Type: Art Paper (Matt) | Size: 279 x 229 mm
179 colour and 48 black and white photographs; 336 pages; Hardback
ISBN-10: 9383098643 | ISBN-13: 978-93-83098-64-4

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INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE: The Renaissance and Beyond traces the journey of the evolution of Indian classical dance since the years of Independence. Covering the eight classical dance forms of India – Bharatanatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kathakali, Manipuri, Mohiniattam, Odissi and Sattriya – Leela Venkataraman seamlessly weaves together a historical perspective with the contemporary scenario. Stripped of their association with the temple and the court, classical dance traditions in India went through a period of unprecedented change in the period marking the last few years of British rule and thereafter. From becoming part of the nationalist struggle when India was trying to rediscover its lost identity, to sharing the international stage today with dance forms from all over the world, the last sixty-six years have seen many changes in perspective and presentation of Indian Classical Dance – some intentional, others involuntary. While looking at these years closely and their impact on dance forms, one realises that this is a phase in an ongoing process, with each new generation of dancers and musicians adding to an already rich tapestry of tradition. The book is beautifully illustrated, and multi-faceted, dealing with various aspects of dance, including sponsorship and patronage, the teacher/disciple relationship and the contemporary classical dialectic. Unique in its vast range of covering all the classical forms, Indian Classical Dance is a must read for dancers and dance historians, students and teachers of dance and those interested in this fascinating field of Indian culture.

Leela Venkataraman
Leela Venkataraman

Leela Venkataraman's career as a writer on Dance began in 1980 as dance critic for The National Herald and later the Patriot. Associated with the daily The Hindu for over thirty years, her Friday Review column has earned her a wide reputation for her incisive commentary on the dance scene. Widely travelled, she has been a regular participant in dance seminars in India and abroad.

लीला वेंकटरमन ने वर्ष 1980 से नृत्य पर िलखने की शुरुआत की थी। नृत्य संबंधी कार्य एवं सांस्कृतिक जगत को उल्लेखनीय योगदान के लिए इन्हें संगीत नाटक अकादमी के प्रतिष्ठित पुरस्कार से नवाजा भी जा चुका है। इनके द्वारा चिल्ड्रेंस बुक ट्रस्ट के लिए ‘इंडियन क्लासिकल डांसेज’ पर लिखी गई किताब भी अत्यंत उल्लेखनीय है। इन्होंने कई पुस्तकें भी लिखी हैं जिनमें ट्रैडिशन इन ट्रांजिशन, स्टेप बाई-स्टेप भरतनाट्यम, ए डांसिंग फिनोमिना-बिरजू महाराज शामिल हैं। इन्होंने बतौर नृत्य-समीक्षक द नेशनल हेराल्ड एवं द पैटियर्ट के लिए कार्य भी किया है।