Author: Ram Avtar VirPublisher: Pankaj PublicationsYear: 1982Language: multilingualPages: 148ISBN/UPC (if available): N/A
Although every race and culture has its dances which are praiseworthy and have their respective merits, Indian Dances are unique and by all standards artistically and historically the most developed. This book is an endeavour to to depict the difficult and ancient subject in a modern setting.Dancing is an universal phenomenon. As an important and integral part of human creativity it has found an amazing expression the world over and acquired the status of a most subtle fine art.One important reason is India is a vast country-a meeting point of diverse cultures –and hence many different styles of dancing have developed here to perfection. The prominent among these classical styles are no stranger to the world now.The technique of Indian Classical Dancing is difficult for rhythmic performance as it depends on many factors. Movements of body parts is one, but more important is the central theme as well as the flow of sentiments which guide and control the body movements. History of development of different styles of Indian Dances has been given along with essential theoretical knowledge. Illustrations, numbering about 200, are detailed and profuse and show the precise movements of body-parts in clear-cut fashion. Five classical songs appropriate to the illustrated dances have also been added along with their tunes in combined notations. The artist can play these tunes without the help of teacher. A glance at the contents will reveal the vast range of topics dealt with in the book.The book is sure to prove a great help for the authors, teachers and the scholars of music and dance in India as well as abroad.
CONTENTS IEvolution of DanceDance in Buddha PeriodDance in Muslim PeriodClassical Dances in Present TimesInternational Dances Human Structure and DanceBrief Theory of Indian MusicDefinition of PosesSentimentsMake up and DressCONTENTS IIPosition of FeetDance in Time and RhythmDance on Tal TeenDance on Tal JhapSitting and Whirling PosesOpening of DanceSentimentsPoses in Standing PositionSitting PosesDifferent Poses of Duet Dance and Tunes of differentTalas and Ragas.Appendix