Author: Gul BardhanPublisher: Abhinav PublicationsYear: 1992Language: EnglishPages: 200ISBN/UPC (if available): 817017290X
In contemporary India classical dance became extinct, except in South India, where Bharat Natyam was still performed in the temples by Deva Dasis, and in Eastern India, specially in Orissa and Manipur, where Odissi, Chou and Manipuri were in active practice. Shanti Bardhan, younger colleague of Udai Shankar, initiated synthesis of gesture language of the ancient classical style with the rhythm of folk dances and free movements of Kurt Joos, in a new style in which he composed India Immortal dance and drama. After the success of this free style ballet, he brought together a troupe of young female and male students and choreographed dance dramas based on Panchatantra and other stories. These dance dramas moved the initiated and the native among on lookers in various parts of India to appreciation of dance itself.
Foreword - Kapila Vatsyayan Preface - Gul Bardhan Remembering Shanti Bardhan - Gul Bardhan In Memoriam: Shanti Bardhan - Mulk Raj Anand Shanti-Da Byomkesh Bannerji Creator of Little Ballet Troupe A K Bannerji Shanti Babu - Rama Bardhan Creator of Forms and Images Kamaladevi Chattopadhyaya Shanti Kaka - Ashok GanguliA Homage - Thankur Godiwala A Unique Personality - Sushil Das Gupta Homage to Shanti-Da - Sunil KothariShanti-Da, My Mentor Rekha Jain Shanti-Da As I Knew Him A P Appunni Kartha The Visual Poet Jiwan Pani A Tribute Mahasveta Devi A Letter from Shambhu Mitra My Memories of Shanti-Da - Parvati Kumar Creative Genius - Sachin Shanker Discovery of India Damu Jhaveri Remembering Shanti-Da Tosh Sahni Inspiration of Ballet - B S Sathe On Shanti Bardhan - S R Hemmad A Homage to my Guru Saraswathi Swaminathan The Story of a Thwarted Rebel - Vinayak Purohit On Shanti Bardhan - Homi Sethna Shanti-Da - K S Shridharani The Legacy of Shanti Bardhan - Unknown Friend Ingenuity of Shanti Bardhan - Rukmini Devi Impression of A Folk Dance Festival - Shanti Bardhan Few Incidents of Shanti Bardhan’s Childhood - Gul Bardhan