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Author: S Bhagyalekshmy
Publisher: CBH Publications
ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Indian Classical dance is very complex. A layman who sees a performance may think that it is easy to perform many of the actions of the dancer. But the truth is that a correct and a graceful step or expression can be perfected only after many years of rigorous training and practice.
In writing about the technical aspects of dance, there are many constraints. Demonstrating a step or mudra or expression is easy for a good performer. The person who sees it also understands it better,. But when we describe a step, a mudra or Abhinaya, the idea can never be brought hundred percent. It can be compensated to some extent by giving illustrations and photographs.
In the present volume a comprehensive and detailed approach has been made to introduce Bharatanatyam to the lay readers as well as the learned exponent of Bharatanatyam.
The first chapter gives brief introduction of the concept of Bharatanatyam.
The second chapter takes the student to different kinds of presentation of Bharatanatyam.
The third chapter onwards different technical details of Bharatanatyam like Adavus, Charis/gathis, padabhedas, angaharas, Karanas, Abhinaya, Bhava, Rasa and hasthas, Forms of Bharatanatyam have been given.
The last chapter on Forms of Bhrathanatyam different forms of dances like Alarippu, Vamam, Sabdam, Tillana, Javali etc. have been described. The last chapter contains the details of ornamentation in Bharatanayam and stage lighting. The Chapter on Tala gives a basic introduction to the artist about the tala practice for Bharatanatyam.
Contains more than 200 illustrations. Each chapter is well documented and illustrated.
2. Evalution and development of Bharatahanatyam
3. Stage as designed by Sage Bharatha
4. Tandava and Lasya
5. Nritta, Nritya and Natya
7. Chari, Gati Utplavana and Bhramari
13. Nayaka- Nayikabheda
15. Hathas or Hand gestures
16. Forms of Bharathanatyam