Classical Indian Dance in literature and the Arts by Kapila Vatsyayan

Classical Indian Dance in literature and the Arts

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THE BOOK VIVIDLY PRESENTS, ANALYSES AND CRITIQUES THE VARIED FACETS OF INDIAN AESTHETICS, ESPECIALLY THE THEORY AND TECHNIQUE OF CLASSICAL INDIAN DANCE, WHILE DOING A PENETRATING STUDY OF INTERRELATIONSHIP THAT DANCING HAS WITH LITERATURE, SCULPTURE AND MUSIC. IN DOING SO, THE BOOK SURVEYS AND ANALYSES THE CONTRIBUTION OF ALL GREAT SANSKRIT AUTHORS, THEORETICIANS, PLAYWRIGHTS OF ANCIENT AND CLASSICAL INDIA ALONG WITH THE WORKS MANY BHĀṢĀ SCHOLARS OF ARTS, AESTHETICS AND LITERATURE.

This volume is the result of many years of painstaking research in a field, which had been neglected by art historians, and thus presenting an idealistic view of the whole tradition of Indian art and aesthetics. This definitive work on the inherent interrelationship of the Indian arts is a path-breaking endeavour, treading into a domain which no one had explored. For that to happen, the author has delved deep into enormous mass of literature on the subject and has also surveyed the portrayal of dance figures in ancient temples. With Dr Kapila Vatsyayan’s profound knowledge of various dance forms as a performing artist of her own standing and having studied the sculptures and artefacts minutely, the book emerges so scholarly emanating the wisdom and know-how of a persona, endowed with the unique combination of a researcher, an art historian and an aesthetician par excellence.
The book vividly presents, analyses and critiques the varied facets of Indian aesthetics, especially the theory and technique of classical Indian dance, while doing a penetrating study of interrelationship that dancing has with literature, sculpture and music. In doing so, it surveys and analyses the contribution of great Sanskrit authors, theoreticians, playwrights of ancient and classical India such as Bharata, Bhāsa, Kālidāsa, Śūdraka, Bhavabhūti, Abhinavagupta, Jayadeva and many more along with numerous Bhāṣā scholars of arts, aesthetics and literature, covering each and every nook and corner of the Indian subcontinent.
This highly scholarly work should invoke keen enthusiasm among Sanskritists, art historians, dancers and students of varied art forms alike, and should pave the way for ongoing researches on all the topics covered within its scope.

CONTENTS

Prologue
Foreword
Preface to the Second Edition
Preface to the First Edition
Acknowledgements
List of Plates
Abbreviations
Introduction
1. Indian Aesthetics
2. Theory and Technique of Classical Indian Dance
3. Literature and Dancing
4. Sculpture and Dancing
5. Music and Dancing
Plates
Select Bibliography
Index

Internationally recognized as a leading scholar in the diverse fields of Culture and the Arts, Dr Kapila Vatsyayan’s work is inter-disciplinary and spans a vast geographical area, particularly Asia. Her publications include path-breaking works such as Classical Indian Dance in Literature and the Arts and the Square and the Circle of the Indian Arts as also Indian Classical DanceTraditions of Indian Folk DanceTraditional Indian TheatreMultiple StreamsDance in Indian Painting; and Bharata: The Natyashastra. She has explored the many dimensions of the poem Gita-Govinda — the literature, manuscripts, the relationship of the text, poetry and the painting: she has published six monographs, besides directing a multimedia presentation. Dr Vatsyayan has been acclaimed as Editor of two major volumes for the IGNCA — The Concepts of Space and The Concepts of Time. Besides, she has been General Editor of seven volumes of IGNCA’s Kalatattvakosha series, an inter-disciplinary exploration of Indian key concepts, as also of the Kalamulashastra series on fundamental texts bearing on Arts. She has edited The Cultural Heritage of India, vol. VII (in two parts) for the Ramakrishna Mission Institute of Culture, and co-edited Aesthetic Theories and Forms in Indian Tradition, for the Centre for Studies in Civilizations. Dr Vatsyayan has been Secretary to the Government of India, Department of Arts, a member of the Rajya Sabha; member of the UNESCO Executive Board, and President, India International Centre. She is currently chairperson of IIC-Asia Project. She is a recipient of many honours, including Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India and D.Litt. (honoris causa) from several universities in India and abroad; so also the first Asian woman to be awarded the Thalia Prize by the International Association of Theatre Critics.

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